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A proposal for an educational program to assist asthmatic students in reaching their full potential

Authors
Journal
Journal of Professional Nursing
8755-7223
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
1
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s8755-7223(85)80084-3
Disciplines
  • Design
  • Education
  • Medicine

Abstract

Asthma, the number one chronic disease causing school absenteeism, has been linked to lowered academic performance. An educational program has been developed to assist the asthmatic student in reaching his full potential. The program addresses needs expressed by members of the Montgomery, Alabama chapter of Parents of Asthmatic Kids (PAK). These parents voiced concern about the inadequate preparation of teachers in meeting the needs of the asthmatic student. Results of a survey of local teachers confirmed the knowledge deficit in this area. The primary goal of the project was to increase the knowledge base of teachers regarding the asthmatic student. The program, consisting of an audiovisual presentation, an informative brochure, and a student instructional packet, was designed to be presented in faculty in-services throughout the school system. Methods for evaluating its effectiveness were included. Nationwide implementation of this program should result in a significantly lower rate of asthma-related school absenteeism. In addition, increased confidence on the part of the teacher and the student should improve the social and academic function of the student.

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