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Health promotion and public health
School asthma intervention programme effectively improved children’s knowledge and attitudes, and led to decreased hospital admission, length of stay and school absences
  1. Asmaa Salah Eldin Mohamed Saleh
  1. Community Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Beni Suef University, Cairo, Egypt
  1. Correspondence to Dr Asmaa Salah Eldin Mohamed Saleh, Community Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Beni Suef University, Cairo 62511, Egypt; asems2012{at}hotmail.com

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Commentary on: Harris KM, Kneale D, Lasserson TJ, et al. School-based self-management interventions for asthma in children and adolescents: a mixed methods systematic review. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019;1:CD011651. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011651.pub2.

Implications for practice and research

  • School intervention programmes directed towards self-management of asthma among school-aged children helped to improve knowledge and attitudes towards asthma.

  • The programmes lead to a decrease in length of the hospitalisation and admission to emergency units, as well as alleviation in severity and complications of asthma symptoms, thereby improving school performance and attendance.

  • Future research should focus on studying the effect of asthma-friendly school settings as a supportive learning environment for asthma school-aged children in improving their health status and school performance.

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