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Understanding Asthma in Children
An examination of the stresses that trigger an asthma attack in children.
# 151046 | 1,627 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper asserts that as more and more children are beginning to show signs of asthma around the world, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the disease. The paper explores the individual, social, environmental and political stresses that trigger an asthma attack, and how they impact the severity of asthma episodes. The paper shows how by understanding these stresses, professionals can make strategic decisions on methodologies of care and help facilitate proper education within parents and other home caregivers.

From the Paper:

"Asthma does prove to have a significant impact on the health communities which treat such symptomatic children. For example, in the UK, asthma related incidents make up over 14% of children's hospitalizations related to illness (Milton et al. 2004). Asthma also accounts for nearly 5% of children's visitations to their primary doctor's office. Therefore, healthcare organizations must be well funded and ready to deal with increasing numbers of symptomatic children. This is only possible if political influences can provide sufficient funding for proper care. This is in preparation to deal with rising asthma rates. Asthma rates in children are currently increasing all over the world. Between 1990 and 1998, asthma rates in the UK increased from 11% to 19% (Milton et al. 2004).
"To respond, healthcare professionals must respond accordingly. According to research, one strategy is to step up parental education, "In keeping with a family-centered model of care to managing childhood asthma during home visits, it is essential that nursing staff focus their efforts more heavily on providing asthma self-management education, targeting foremost parents/family caregivers, and when appropriate, with the children themselves," (Navaie-Waliser 2004:313). Further suggestions include much more tailored methodologies, which include different strategies for children of different ages, with different methods of care for younger and older children (Navaie-Waliser 2004)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Iley, Karen. (2007). The impact of asthma on children's lives: a social perspective. Primary Healthcare. 17(8):25-31.
  • Maltby, Hendrika J.; Kristjanson, Lindra; & Coleman, Mardhe. (2003). The parenting competency framework: learning to be a parent of a child with asthma. International Journal o Nursing Practice. (9):368-373.
  • Mitchell, Daphne Koinis; Adams, Sue K.; Murdock Karla Klein. (2005). Associations among risk factors, individual resources, and indices of school-related asthma morbidity in urban, school-aged children: a pilot study." Journal of School Health. 75(10):375-382.
  • Milton, B.; Whitehead, M; Holland, P.; & Hamilton, V. (2004). The social and economic consequences of childhood asthma across the lifecourse: a systematic review. Child: Care, Health & Development. 30(6):711-728.
  • Moonie, Sheinz; Sterling, David A; Figgs, Larry W; & Castro, Mario. (2008). The relationship between school absence, academic performance, and asthma status. Journal of School Health. 78(3):140-148.

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