Asthma Camp Research
The long-term goal of asthma camps is to improve the overall well-being, quality of life, school achievement, and life opportunities for children with asthma by significantly improving their asthma management and control. Research has been conducted at several camps and demonstrates that the objectives of asthma camps are being fulfilled. Some findings include a(n):
- Significant increase of children's knowledge about asthma, help them understand asthma triggers, and effectively manage and control their asthma;
- Increase in the parent's knowledge of how to support their child in managing his/her asthma;
- Significant increase in the motivation of both children and parents to effectively manage asthma;
- Significant increase in the children's involvement in physical and recreational activities;
- Significant increase in the children's sense of self-confidence and self-esteem while reducing their social isolation or insecurity about their condition;
- Increase in the children's social skills;
- Increase in the children's ability to cope with behavioral problems that result from their asthma.
More information from specific studies can be found at the following:
- Clinical profile, health-related quality of life, and asthma control in children attending US asthma camps
- Assessing the Value of Asthma Camps Study March 2005
- Clinical Profile of Children Attending Asthma Camp.
- Colorado Camp Evaluation
Silvers, W.S., Holbreich, M., Buckley, J.M., et al: "'Champ Camp': The Colorado Children's Asthma Camp Experience." Journal of Asthma, 29:2, pp 121-135, 1992.