Direct to Consumer Strategies
Facilitated Roundtable Discussion
DTC-14 - Efficacy of School-based Tele-education for Pediatric Asthma
Tuesday, May 1
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Education Zone, Booth 2416
Nathan Culmer, PhD
Assistant Professor, Director of Academic Technologies and Faculty Development
The University of Alabama
School age children with asthma face physical and academic challenges that their non-asthmatic peers do not. Proper management of asthma demands additional time and consideration from the student, parent, and often the school healthcare worker. When children do not have properly managed asthma, their school work often suffers even when they are present, because their ability to concentrate on content suffers as a result of the challenge to breathe. In the case of parents, proper management requires additional time away from work. For school healthcare workers, assisting children with acute treatments can demand a significant amount of time in an already busy schedule.
When children are trained on the proper administration of their preventative and rescue medication and the reasons for each, they are better able to manage their condition themselves. This empowers them to take care of themselves, enables them to focus more on their academic pursuits, and frees up parents and school healthcare professionals.
In order to best meet students' needs, we developed a curriculum, delivered remotely, designed to give elementary school children the information they need to better understand and manage their asthma. We also established a system of evaluations to determine comprehension and iteratively made improvements to better understand students learning. Furthermore, we added behavioral measures (from students, parents, and the school) to determine if the implementation was having a tangible, practical effect on students' ability to focus on school.
In this session, participants and discussants will collaboratively consider key components of a successful school-based model including brainstorming additional ways these partnerships can be strengthened, contribute to the ongoing development of the evaluative material, explore the strengths and weaknesses of the existing results and methodologies. Takeaways include practical tips for building a successful model that can include both educational and clinical components as well as suggestions on developing an effective evaluation.
- Develop a school-based curriculum that trains students how to manage their chronic asthma.
- Design and implement an assessment that evaluates students’ comprehension of the principles of asthma management and gives behavioral evidence of successful management.
- Analyze results to allow for ongoing intervention as needed and ensure continued viability of solution.