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Combined Program with Computer-Based Learning and Peer Education in Early Adolescents with Asthma: A Pilot Study
Sunday, March 6, 2016
South Exhibit Hall H (Convention Center)
Tomohisa Ando, MD, Kiwako Yamamoto-Hanada, MD, Mizuho Nagao, MD, Takao Fujisawa, MD PhD FAAAAI, Yukihiro Ohya, MD, PhD
Rationale: Peer education is considered as a health promotion strategy in adolescents. In this pilot study, we evaluated feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of a combined education program, which entails computer-based learning and peer education, for early adolescents with asthma.

Methods: Early adolescents (10-12 years) participated in this study. The computer-based learning component was a tailored education program developed at the National Center for Child Health and Development in Tokyo using a touch-screen computer for individual learning about the basic knowledge of asthma and the changing attitude towards its management. In the peer education program, participants discussed and informed each other the causes of asthma and how to solve the associated problems. Participants then answered a questionnaire to evaluate acceptability and effectiveness of the program.

Results: Twenty children were recruited, of which eight agreed to participate. One girl withdrew due to the circumstance of her parents and one boy withdrew because of illness. Finally, six children participated in this combined program. All the participants evaluated that the program was enjoyable and helpful in self-management of asthma.

Conclusions: A combined program with computer-based learning and peer education demonstrated reasonable feasibility together with high acceptability and effectiveness for early adolescents with asthma.