The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2001 OPEN FORUM Abstracts


C Hendrix, RRT,RPFT,R Splitgerber, RN, MS, A Wilson, RRT, CPFT, York Hospital, Wellspan Health,York, Pennsylvania.

Introduction: YorkHospital statistics have paralleled national findings indicating asthma as theleading DRG of pediatric admissions. Similarly, a survey of York County schoolnurses identified 2000 children ages 6-13 with asthma. York Hospital developedCamp Green Zone to promote patient education and teach asthma management skillsin asthmatic children. Primary goals were to provide campers with the knowledgeand tools needed for self-management while participating in typical summer campactivities.

Methods: Measurementsof knowledge, behavior, and attitude with respect to asthma were measured throughpre and post testing administered to campers. Parent surveys were obtained threemonths after completion of camp to see if changes persisted over time.

Results: Over fouryears, 160 campers participated in Camp Green Zone. Our data spans the last3 years. The outcome results were evaluated in three age groups (6-7 year olds(I), 8-9 year olds (II), and 10-13 year olds (III). Group I demonstrated a meanincrease in Asthma knowledge of 19%, an improvement in behavior and managementskills of 14%, and an improvement in attitude of 9%. Group II evidenced a 15%increase; an 11% increase, and a 3% increase respectively. Group III saw a 17%improvement; a 16% improvement, and an 11% improvement respectively. For allthree years the overall response rate from parent surveys indicated 84% of familieshad less disruptions from asthma. 82% reported less severe asthma episodes.The response rate from the parent surveys was 58% overall.

Conclusion: Childrenwho attend Camp Green Zone demonstrate improvements in cognitive measures oftheir asthma. Effects appear to improve asthma control at three months.


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