Asthma Study

issue1316-asthma-studyPLC Sydney families are invited to participate in the following research. It aims to provide support for children with asthma.

If you wish to take part in the study, please email Dr Paul Burgis before 20 August 2016 and he will connect the group of parents to the university.

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Along side the Woolcock Institute of Medical research, PhD students of the University of Sydney are working on a research project that is trying to investigate how and why children come to manage their own asthma from the parent’s perspective. They are trying to understand the challenges associated with the transition from parent supervision to child independence when it comes to asthma medication use. By understanding this process and the challenges, they hope to be able to develop ways in which health care providers can better support this transition. 

In order to achieve their aims, they are looking to interview parents/guardians of children who use asthma medications. Following this 30 minute interview, parents will be invited to partake in an asthma inhaler education session which will involve the assessment of parents use of inhalers and an individualised education session with an inhaler expert. You will then be asked to fill out a few short surveys.  

Parents are eligible if they meet the following criteria:

  • Have a child aged between the ages of 418 years
  • Family has sufficient fluency in English to allow the interview to be conducted
  • The child has used an asthma inhaler medication in the past 12 months 
  • The child does not have any other non-asthma-related chronic illness (hay fever or allergic rhinitis, eczema, and generalised allergic conditions are allowed).

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