Evaluation of a School-Based Asthma Education Protocol: Iggy and the Inhalers

Catherine F. Mickel, Kathleen K. Shanovich, Michael D. Evans, Daniel J. Jackson

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Abstract

School-based asthma education offers an opportunity to reach low-income children at risk for poor asthma control. Iggy and the Inhalers (Iggy) is an asthma education program that was implemented in a Midwest metropolitan school district. The purpose of this evaluation was to conduct a comprehensive program evaluation. Objectives included increasing children’s asthma-related knowledge and families’ awareness of asthma management, while cultivating collaboration between school nurses and asthma providers. A total of 173 students participated in Iggy education, with 147 completing both initial and 1-month posttests. Thirty-one parents and seven school nurses provided qualitative feedback. Iggy was well received by children, parents, and school nurses. Asthma knowledge increased significantly (p <.001) between pretest and posttest, and this increase was retained at 1-month follow-up. This program evaluation suggests that our program had a significant, sustained impact on students’ asthma knowledge. It also supports the value of collaboration between asthma providers and school nurses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-197
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • asthma
  • chronic diseases
  • collaboration/multidisciplinary teams
  • elementary
  • health education
  • school nursing

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