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Community living older adults described using medical, collaborative, and self agency models for asthma self management

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Q How do community living older adults with asthma describe asthma self management models?


Qualitative study using indepth interviews, an open ended questionnaire, and participatory action research (PAR) groups.


South Australia.


24 community living adults >60 years of age (67% women, mean age 76 y, age range 60–92 y) who had medically diagnosed asthma and were using, or had been prescribed, daily preventative medications.


Data were collected using individual indepth interviews, an open ended questionnaire, and 2 PAR groups. Indepth interviews lasting about 1 hour each were held in participants’ homes, and guiding questions were used to help participants reflect on their personal asthma self management stories. Interviews were tape recorded, transcribed verbatim, and collaboratively analysed by 3 researchers. 18 patients and 6 invited partners participated in 2 PAR meetings to collaboratively develop a model that would enable self management of asthma for older …

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  • For correspondence: Dr T Koch, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

  • Sources of funding: Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (Australia) and Asthma Innovative Management (AIM).