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Comparing Asthma Action Plans for Pediatric Asthma

Information source: Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City
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Condition(s) targeted: Asthma

Intervention: Pictorial asthma action plan (Behavioral); Written asthma action plan (Behavioral)

Phase: Phase 2

Status: Terminated

Sponsored by: Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Christina D Adams, PhD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: The Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics


The purpose of this study is to evaluate and compare the relative effectiveness of two asthma action plans (pictorial versus written) in terms of asthma action plan knowledge, medication use, and family satisfaction with asthma education.

Clinical Details

Official title: Relative Effectiveness of Pictorial and Written Asthma Action Plans for Pediatric Asthma

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Scores on the Asthma Action Plan Knowledge Interview

Secondary outcome:

Adherence to Controller Medication

Rescue Medication Use

Family satisfaction survey scores

Detailed description: Asthma medical regimens are complex for families, requiring changes in the types and amounts of medication based on the frequency and intensity of symptoms. Written asthma action plans (AAP's) are commonly used to provide a set of instructions to help parents and children implement these complicated regimens. However, written AAP's require substantial literacy levels, so for younger children, low-literacy families, or non-English speaking families, a pictorial version of the AAP may be more understandable and useful. The study aims to validate a newly developed, fully pictorial AAP in terms of its relative impact on parent- and child-reported knowledge of the action plan, medication use, and parent- and child-reported satisfaction, when compared to a standard-care written AAP.


Minimum age: 6 Years. Maximum age: 18 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Children who are new patients

- Receive a diagnosis of persistent asthma

- Are in need of an asthma action plan

Exclusion Criteria:

- Diagnosed with intermittent asthma

- An established patient who already has an asthma action plan

- Not English or Spanish speaking

Locations and Contacts

The Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, Missouri 64108, United States
Additional Information

Starting date: August 2005
Last updated: February 3, 2015

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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