Title

Barriers to Asthma Management Among Urban Families: Caregiver and Child Perspectives

ISBN or ISSN

0277-0903

Volume

46

Issue

7

Publication Date / Copyright Date

9-1-2009

First Page

731

Last Page

739

Publisher

Taylor & Francis Inc.

DOI Number

10.1080/02770900903082571

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. Those particularly affected are young, poor, African American children. Moreover, rates of emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and mortality are substantially higher for black children. Despite the ample published research on asthma prevalence and asthma management interventions, there is little research available on barriers to asthma care among urban, low-income families as perceived by children with asthma and their caregivers.

METHODS: This qualitative study analyzed data from five focus groups conducted with 28 participants in metropolitan Atlanta.

RESULTS: This study found caregiver and child health beliefs and perceptions concerning the use of daily controller medications to be a significant barrier to asthma care and proper self-management at home and at school. Barriers to environmental control consisted mostly of financial constraints, which made residential environmental remediation activities difficult to implement. Psychological distress was prevalent among both children and caregivers, which demonstrated the burden associated with managing a chronic illness.

CONCLUSION: Families in urban, low-income communities require asthma management interventions tailored to their specific characteristics, barriers, and challenges. Our findings can be used to inform and enhance asthma management interventions for urban families with children with asthma.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

African Americans, Asthma, Caregivers, Focus Groups, Health Personnel, Health Services Accessibility, Insurance, Patient Compliance, Poverty, Quality of Life, Urban Population

This document is currently not available here.

Peer Reviewed

Find in your library

Share

 
COinS