Evaluating the Effects of an Organized Self-management Asthma Education in Children 7 to 12 Years: A Quantitative Study

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Chairperson

Linda L. Cook DNP, APRN, NNP

Committee Member

Nadia Miller RN, MSN

Committee Member

Michelle Cole DNP, MSN, RN


Asthma affects Hispanic and African American children living in the Bronx compared with other groups, and these children have a higher rate of asthma hospitalization and emergency department (ED) visits, which is costly and challenging for families (DiNapoli, 2014). The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the effects of an organized asthma self-management education (OSMAE) intervention in children 7 to 12 years hospitalized with mild to severe asthma. A one-group quasi-experimental design study was conducted pre and one-week post intervention to evaluate outcomes variables. Besides collecting baseline demographic data, to evaluate the efficacy of the OSMAE, data were collected on asthma symptoms, activity limitations, emotional function, and peak flow readings and ED visits. Six consenting English-speaking 7 to 12-year-old children diagnosed with asthma and hospitalized at least once were recruited.


A practice dissertation presented to the faculty of the School of Nursing, College of Health Professions, Sacred Heart University, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice.