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Keywords

Asthma – Prevention; Asthma – Study and teaching; Asthma in children; Asthmatics; Camps; Children; Severity; Triggers

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess asthma trigger knowledge of camp attendees and the measure of agreement between physician and parent assessment of the children’s asthma severity. This study is based on cross-sectional data provided by the American Lung Association (ALA) and those children participating in summer asthma camps in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada. Fifty-six children participated in the camp in August of 2008. The study results suggest a significant positive correlation between physician and parent assessment of asthma severity. With increasing asthma severity there was a relative increase in the number of school days missed among attendees. Trigger knowledge was low among 25.9% (n=7) of attendees, 40.7% (n= 11) had moderate trigger knowledge, and only 33% (n= 9) demonstrated adequate trigger knowledge. Asthma camp is an effective venue to improve asthma education among children and provide a clinical assessment of this condition among those that are without a current diagnosis.