Asthma Education and Intervention Program: Partnership for Asthma Trigger-Free Homes (PATH)
Final rept. 1 Aug 2007-31 Jan 2010
LEMOYNE-OWEN COLL MEMPHIS TN
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The PATH Study was a Community Based Participatory Research project that employed a longitudinal prospective, PrePost test design, with each Participant acting as hisher own control. The main aim of this project was to reduce asthma severity and symptoms in low-income housing and military housing populations through use of an Education Session. The study sample included 204 adults who completed the First Survey, to assess baseline general asthma knowledge the Education Session, which included general asthma information, as well as indoor asthma trigger and asthma symptomquality of life components and the Second Survey, to measure change from the baseline. Sixty of the 204 Participants consented to Home Assessment for the purpose of measuring indoor asthma triggers such as dust mites and cockroach allergens. A significant increase in General Asthma Knowledge was associated with participation in the PATH Education Session, and an increase in asthma-related Quality of Life was also associated with the Education Session, although this increase was not statistically significant. Future studies should focus on increasing the size of the study population as well as incorporating a control group and more intensive interventions over a longer period of time.
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