Effect of a school-based asthma clinic on asthma outcomes

Alysa G. Ellis, Lisa D. Henry, Lisa A. Meadows, Beth L. Roehm, Christina S. Mahl, Deborah G. Loman

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Background: The St. Louis Children's Hospital Healthy Kids Express Asthma (HKEA) program was developed to improve asthma control in children who attend schools with the highest asthma prevalence in the metropolitan area. The HKEA program differs from other programs because unscheduled visits occur at school without parents present. Objective: To assess the effectiveness of the HKEA program via a retrospective quality assurance study. Methods: A chart review was performed to evaluate the change in health-care utilization, absenteeism, staff and student education, inhaler technique checks, and parent satisfaction surveys before and after participation in the program. The Wilcoxon signed rank test, two-way analysis of variance, and descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data. Results: The HKEA program recruited 1076 participants ages 5-15 years during 3 school years, from 2008 to 2011. The participants showed a reduction in emergency department visits (36.9% to 14.2%) and hospitalizations (7.1% to 5.0%) from the year before beginning the program to the third year of the program. Absenteeism was significantly improved, from 59.1% to 27.1%. Staff and student knowledge of asthma improved significantly after completing asthma education programs. More than 90% of participants completed three technique checks of their inhaler and spacer technique and showed significant improvement in their tech check (an inhaler/aero chamber technique check) scores. Parent satisfaction with the HKEA program was rated excellent or very good by 96.9% of the parents. Conclusion: The HKEA program is a novel school-based asthma clinic that is well accepted by parents, and results in lesshealth-care utilization and school absences as well as improved asthma knowledge in participants and the school staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-161
Number of pages8
JournalAllergy and asthma proceedings
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2019


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