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Teaching and Learning Strategies for Patients and Family members of Toddlers with Asthma
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Teaching and Learning Strategies for Patients and Family Members of Toddlers with Asthma Overview Given a three-year old newly-diagnosed with asthma, the patient’s quality of life and those of the patient’s family members and friends will be better if the family members and the child would be co-led towards the patient and family members’ autonomous co-management of the child asthmatic condition.
As Nys (2008) pointed out, health care must respect, protect, restore or promote autonomy and must not leave insufficient room for individual autonomy. Autonomy is important in asthma for children five years old and below because in the age group, “the clinical symptoms of asthma are variable and non-specific” (Pedersen et al., 2011, p. 1). Based on Pedersen (2011, p. 5-6), “asthma education should be provided to family members and caregivers of wheezy children 5 years and younger.” State of Knowledge on Children with Asthma: The Literature From Koenig (2007), we are informed that in the United States children with asthma 4 years of age and younger are increasing and disproportionately affecting children who live in poverty and urban areas who are African American or Latino. Koenig (2007, p. 223) also informed us that that preventing, identifying, and controlling asthma symptoms “remains complex among children who are very young” although we certainly know more of the pathophysiology of asthma today compared to several years ago. ...
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