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What Affects Asthma Medicine Use in Children?: Australian Asthma Educator Perspectives
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Asthma, ISSN 0277-0903, E-ISSN 1532-4303, Vol. 46, no 5, 437-444 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The global burden of childhood asthma is significant. Health care systems are faced with increasing financial costs, while children with asthma and their caretakers are faced with poorer physical health, emotional health, and quality of life. Despite the availability of effective treatment, the quality use of asthma medicines in children remains suboptimal. An investigation was conducted to explore issues related to children's asthma medicine usage from the perspective of the health care professional. Although current literature has elicited the views of caretakers and children, the health care professional viewpoint has been relatively unexplored. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of 21 Australian asthma educators. Interviews were audiotaped and transcribed, and transcripts were thematically analyzed with the assistance of NVivo 7. Emergent themes associated with health care professionals, parents, medicines, children, and educational resources were found. Major issues included a lack of information provided to parents, poor parental understanding of medicines, the high cost of medicines and devices, child self-image, the need for more child responsibility over asthma management, and the lack of standardization, access to, and funding for educational resources on childhood asthma. There are multitudes of key issues that may affect asthma medicines usage in children. This research will help inform the development of educational tools on the use of medicines in childhood asthma that can be evaluated for their effectiveness in getting key messages to target audiences such as children, caretakers, and teachers.

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2009. Vol. 46, no 5, 437-444 p.
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children, asthma, medicines, adherence, parent, physician
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Pharmaceutical Sciences Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-142293DOI: 10.1080/02770900902818371ISI: 000267195300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-142293DiVA: diva2:387820
Available from: 2011-01-14 Created: 2011-01-13 Last updated: 2011-01-14Bibliographically approved

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