Community Partnership – Medical

Asthma Clubs

Initiative Description: Asthma Clubs. Following training about asthma and delivery of the programme by the two nurse leaders (EEP and MPB), clubs were run by 19 community nursing staff, usually the named school nurse and health visitor. Sessions on triggers and inhaler technique were assisted by an experienced asthma nurse

Study Results: Small improvements in the overall quality of life score and in each of its three components (activity limitation (0.20; 20.43 to 0.84), symptoms (0.23; 20.23 to 0.70), and emotional function (0.17; 20.18 to 0.52), were observed in the immediate compared with the delayed group. Inhaler technique at week 16 was also markedly better in the immediate group.

Reference: Patterson, E. E., Brennan, M. P., Linskey, K. M., Webb, D. C., Shields, M. D., & Patterson, C. C. (2005). A cluster randomised intervention trial of asthma clubs to improve quality of life in primary school children: The School Care and Asthma Management Project (SCAMP). Archives Of Disease In Childhood, 90(8), 786 791. doi:10.1136/adc.2004.062612

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good