Interpersonal Influences On The Asthma Self Management

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In an article entitled Interpersonal Influences on the Asthma Self-Management Skills of the Rural Adolescent, Quaranta, Wool, Logvis, Brown and Joshy (2014) sought to “understand how self-management behaviors of the adolescent with asthma are influenced by the perceived expectations (normative beliefs/subjective norms) for self-management behaviors from healthcare providers, school nurses, teachers, family and friends” (Quaranta, Wool, Logvis, Brown & Joshy, 2014, p. 97). Self-management behaviors were defined as “(a) knowledge and avoidance of triggers; (b) knowledge and proper use of medications; (c) ability to identify asthma warning signs; and (d) the ability to take appropriate actions” (Quaranta et al., 2014, p. 98). Quaranta et al. (2014) proposed that asthma management activities were more likely to occur if adequate asthma management expectations were clearly defined. Since asthma exacerbations in adolescence can lead to emergency room visits, hospitalizations, missed school and diminished health status, there was an evident need for effective asthma management for this population (Quaranta et al., 2014). Unfortunately, these rural adolescents with asthma, and their families, had difficulty determining when their asthma was poorly controlled; and unless the asthma symptoms were disruptive to family life, there was often little motivation for these individuals to seek medical care, thus increasing the risk of poor outcomes (Quaranta et al., 2014, p. 99). According
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