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Comparison of School-Based Supervised Versus Parental Supervised Asthma Therapy

This study has been completed.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Information provided by:
University of Alabama at Birmingham Identifier:
First received: May 6, 2005
Last updated: March 2, 2014
Last verified: December 2007
  1. Develop a simple school-based intervention using school-based supervised asthma therapy to increase adherence to asthma medication.
  2. Implement a school-based internet monitoring system within both the school-based supervised asthma therapy and parent supervised asthma therapy groups to record asthma symptoms, peak flow meter readings, school absences, and usage of rescue medications at school.
  3. Randomly assign 250 children from inner-city school systems to either school-based supervised asthma therapy or parental supervised asthma therapy.
  4. Compare children assigned to school-based supervised asthma therapy with children assigned to parent supervised asthma therapy, in regards to time-averaged proportion having at least one exacerbation per month, rescue medication use, peak flow meter readings, asthma symptoms, school absences, and asthma self-management knowledge.

Condition Intervention
Asthma Behavioral: School-Based Supervised Asthma Therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effectiveness of School Based Supervised Asthma Therapy

Further study details as provided by University of Alabama at Birmingham:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Asthma exacerbations [ Time Frame: Measured at 15 months ]

Enrollment: 295
Study Start Date: May 2004
Study Completion Date: May 2007
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Supervised therapy
Behavioral: School-Based Supervised Asthma Therapy
Child's inhaled steroid use supervised daily at school
No Intervention: 2
Inhaled steroid use as usual care

Detailed Description:


Pediatric asthma is a well-documented public health issue in the United States. The impact of pediatric asthma can be measured by both health care costs and morbidity. Whereas many factors contribute to the high health care costs of asthma, much of the morbidity can be directly attributed to lack of adherence to medical treatments. The consequence of non-adherence for most individuals with ashtma is exacerbations. Greater numbers of exacerbations lead to increased school absenteeism, greater activity limitations, decreased quality of life for both parent and child, increased urgent health care use and costs, and increased parental days missed at work. Therefore, adherence to treatment is essential for proper asthma management and ultimate reductions in morbidity.

Asthma morbidity, as measured by the number of exacerbations, is largely preventable with patient education and optimal treatment. However, it has been demonstrated that patient education alone is insufficient to decrease asthma morbidity. Optimal treatment is essential to control asthma morbidity. Inhaled corticosteroids offer considerable protection against asthma exacerbations. However, only a minority of asthma patients take their inhaled steroids as recommended by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidelines. Therefore, the Pediatric Asthma Guidelines recommend development and testing of programs (including school-based programs) to increase adherence with therapy.

Because morbidity is higher in inner-city, low-income, minority children, this study will collaborate with several inner-city, low-income, minority school districts to examine the effects of school-based supervised asthma therapy.


This study is a longitudinal two-group trial of the effectiveness of a school-based supervised asthma therapy program. Two hundred and fifty children will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: school-based supervised asthma therapy or parental supervised asthma therapy. The children will be followed for 16 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 12 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Persistent asthma requiring daily controller medication
  • Enrolled at a participating elementary school
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00110383

United States, Alabama
University of Alabama Birmingham Lung Health Center
Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35233-7337
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Alabama at Birmingham
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Study Chair: Lynn B. Gerald, PhD, MSPH University of Alabama Birmingham Lung Health Center
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Lynn B. Gerald, PhD, MSPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham Identifier: NCT00110383     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 174
R01HL075043 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: May 6, 2005
Last Updated: March 2, 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bronchial Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases processed this record on July 21, 2017