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Learning About Asthma with the 3Rs

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An asthma education program may help children with the lung condition control their symptoms better, according to the results of a study of 26 Canadian elementary schools. Almost half of the schools included in the study were randomly assigned to offer a 6- week asthma education program to children with asthma; the remaining schools served as a comparison group.

The education group received lessons on avoiding triggers of their asthma symptoms, using medication inhalers, and managing episodes of breathlessness and wheezing. After 2 months, this group reported more confidence in their ability to manage their asthma, compared with the control group. (The findings were reported in Chest, October 2005.)