Health Professionals’ Preparation for Supporting Children and Parents Affected by Asthma and Allergies Academic Article uri icon

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  • Background: The objective of this study was to assess health professionals’ learning needs and preferences pertinent to the support and education of children with asthma and allergies. Method: A 26-item online survey (n = 47) and qualitative interviews (n = 10) elicited information from health professionals about the perceived support and education needs of children with asthma and allergies, health professionals experience and educational needs regarding support of children. Results: Health professionals believed that children needed professional education, support, and strategies to reduce effects of asthma and allergies. Time (66%) and cost (80.9%) were significant barriers to non-webbased education. Although these health professionals were interested in learning from and connecting with their own peers; promoting peer support for children with asthma and allergies received a lower rating on their list of education needs. Conclusions: This needs assessment study confirms that health professionals have limited time, funds, and options for asthma-and allergy-related professional development activities. It emphasizes the need for web-based education, group discussions, inclusion of information, and practical skills for teaching children. Understanding the value of incorporating peer support and social support into health programs may be limited.


  • Stewart, Miriam
  • McGhan, Shawna
  • Watt, Mary Susan
  • Anderson, Sharon
  • Masuda, Jeffrey R
  • Letourneau, Nicole
  • Sharpe, Heather M

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  • October 2011