Initiative Description: The project intervention asked schools to implement a policy requiring that children with diagnosed asthma who need daily medication for the condition in the past 12 months, have at school a health care provider written asthma care plan (ACP). Children and family members received two hours of education about asthma, including signs. triggers, and medications. This education also included information about proper inhaler technique, use of peak flow meters, the importance of anti-inflammatory medications, and when to seek help for someone having an asthma attack.
Study Results: Reduced asthma exacerbations and an 80% decrease in rescue treatments.
Reference: Lwebuga-Mukasa, J., & Dunn-Georgiou, E. (2002). A school-based asthma intervention program in the Buffalo, New York, schools. Journal Of School Health, 72(1), 27.
Level of Evidence: Good