The school as a health promoter for children with asthma: The purpose of an education programme
Cruz, A. A.
Solé, Dirceu [UNIFESP]
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Background: Not only is asthma one of the leading causes of hospitalisation in children under 15 years and one of the main reasons for primary care outpatient visits, it also accounts for 13 million lost days of school annually, which can affect children's learning, integration at school and overall academic achievements. Material and methods: This review article highlights the important role of the school in helping children and adolescents to control and manage their asthma through integrated and coordinated actions of health professionals, school staff, family, and the community. Results: We recommended key elements for a multidisciplinary team asthma school programme that can be replicated and implemented especially in developing countries where children and adolescents are in a more disadvantaged environment. Conclusion: This multidisciplinary asthma school intervention when demonstrated with efficacy can be applied in the context of the real world, where many children and families who need care the most currently do not receive it. (C) 2016 SEICAP. Published by Elsevier Espana, S.L.U. All rights reserved.
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