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Improving Asthma Communication in Minority Families

This study has been completed.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Information provided by:
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Identifier:
First received: August 19, 2005
Last updated: July 16, 2008
Last verified: July 2008
The purpose of this study is to determine if teaching children with asthma how to talk to their doctor about controlling their asthma including symptom frequency in an asthma diary and medication use techniques, will result in less symptom and missed school days, fewer emergency room visits and reduce the cost of asthma health care.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: Asthma Communication Education
Behavioral: Standard Asthma Education
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Official Title: Improving Asthma Communication in Minority Families

Further study details as provided by National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Reduce the cost of asthma health care. [ Time Frame: 18 Months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Fewer emergency room visits [ Time Frame: 18 Months ]
  • Less symptoms [ Time Frame: 18 Months ]
  • Fewer missed school days [ Time Frame: 18 Months ]

Enrollment: 231
Study Start Date: September 2004
Study Completion Date: May 2008
Primary Completion Date: May 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 Behavioral: Asthma Communication Education
Active Comparator: 2 Behavioral: Standard Asthma Education

Detailed Description:

Children with persistent asthma are often not receiving regular preventive asthma care despite experiencing frequent asthma symptoms. When linked to timely and appropriate asthma medication use, good physician-parent-child communication is associated with a decrease in asthma morbidity and mortality. Removing obstacles to preventive asthma care and improving communication between the parent-children and PCP are two necessary prerequisites to improving asthma outcomes in low-income minority children.

We, the researchers at Johns Hopkins University, hypothesize that a culturally-tailored parent and child asthma communication intervention (ACI) designed to teach parent and child communication skills for use with their health care provider regarding asthma symptom severity, medication use, personal goal of treatment and quality of life issues will significantly reduce emergency room utilization for asthma care. We propose to compare this parent/child asthma communication intervention (ACI) to a developed standard asthma education intervention (SAE) designed to increase basic asthma self-management.

This study will advance nursing science by improving asthma self-management for school age children, who may be self-administering their asthma medications, yet not participate in receiving information or making their own medical decisions regarding their asthma. The proposed study is targeted at low-income minority school-aged children with evidence of poorly controlled, high-risk asthma. If successful, this intervention could have significant practical applications as a component of asthma nurse-case management, to practice currently being employed by many managed care groups across the country as an intervention for their high-risk/high ED use asthma patients. Because of the high prevalence and enormous health impact of asthma and the disproportionate asthma burden experienced by minority children, the outcome of the proposed study will have significant pediatric nursing applicability.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 6-12 years
  • Physician diagnosis of asthma
  • Reside in metropolitan Baltimore
  • English speaking
  • Able to read 80% of parent educational brochure in English
  • Emergency Department (ED) visit within the past 12 months and can identify a primary care provider
  • No other co-morbid pulmonary disease

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Enrolled in another asthma study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00133666

United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21287
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Principal Investigator: Arlene Butz, SCD,MSN,BSN Johns Hopkins University
  More Information

Logan J and Butz AM. Improving asthma communication in minority families - ongoing pilot study. Am J Respir and Crit Care Med. 2004; Abstract No. 5119, American Thoracic Society International Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 2004. Butz AM. Effective asthma communication: Children and primary care providers. European Respiratory Society Annual Congress. September 2004, Glasgow, Scotland.

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Arlene Butz, ScD, RN, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Pediatrics Identifier: NCT00133666     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 03-11-11-05
Study First Received: August 19, 2005
Last Updated: July 16, 2008

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 April 25, 2017