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An education program for parents of children with asthma: differences in attendance between smoking and nonsmoking parents



An education program for parents of children with asthma: differences in attendance between smoking and nonsmoking parents



American Journal of Public Health 86(2): 246-248



We studied smoking status in relation to parental attendance at an asthma education program for child patients of a health maintenance organization. Nonattendance rates were 24%, 42%, and 78% in non-smoking, one-smoker, and two-or-more-smoker families, respectively, and 33% overall. Only the number of smokers (odds ratio (OR) = 3.1; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.8; 5.3) and perceived adverse impact of asthma on the family (OR = 0.4; 95% CI = 0.2, 0.9) were retained in a multivariate model that correctly classified 73% of families; demographic characteristics, frequency of asthma symptoms, and health care use were rejected. There was a tendency for smoking parents to deny that their child had asthma (17% among families with two or more smokers; 9% among non-smoking families). Asthma education programs may fail to involve parents who smoke.

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PMID: 8633745

DOI: 10.2105/ajph.86.2.246


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