J Korean Acad Nurs.  2010 Apr;40(2):202-212. 10.4040/jkan.2010.40.2.202.

Evaluation of an Education Program for Patients with Asthma who use Inhalers

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea. kyunglee@dankook.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was done to evaluate the effectiveness of an education program for patients with asthma who use inhalers.
METHODS
The research design for this study was a non-equivalent control group quasi-experimental study. Participants in this study were 36 patients for the control group, and 43 patients for the experimental group. The experimental group participated in the education program. The control group received the usual care. Data were collected before and 1 month and 2 months after the program finished and were analyzed using the SPSS 12.0 program.
RESULTS
The experimental group had significantly higher scores of knowledge of inhalers, and inhalation technique compared to the control group. However, no significant differences were found between two groups for PEFR, asthma instability, and satisfaction with inhalers.
CONCLUSION
According to the results, the education program was effective in improving knowledge of inhalers, and inhalation technique. Therefore, it is recommended that this education program be used in clinical practice as an effective nursing intervention for patients with asthma on inhalers.

Keyword

Asthma; Metered dose inhaler; Education

MeSH Terms

Adult
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Asthma/*therapy
Female
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Humans
Interviews as Topic
Male
*Metered Dose Inhalers
Middle Aged
*Patient Education as Topic
Patient Satisfaction
Peak Expiratory Flow Rate
Program Evaluation
Questionnaires
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