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Implications for nursing practice and research
■ Peer-led programmes appear to be beneficial for adolescent with asthma.
■ Boys appeared to benefit more from the programme as did those with low-socioeconomic status and non-white participants.
■ Wider use should be made of developmentally appropriate adolescent peer-led education programmes inside and outside the school in improving important health outcomes.
■ Further research is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of such programmes over a longer period of time to confirm their sustainability and cost benefit.
■ Research is needed to further investigate the differences noted in this study in relation to gender, socioeconomic status and race.
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