Managing Asthma Within the Context of the Rural Family

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  • Jena Clayton Barrett D.S.N, R.N.,

    1. Jena Clayton Barrett is an Assistant Professor, Elaine Gallien is an Assistant Professor, Jeri Dunkin is a Professor, Saxon Chair for Rural Health, and Lisa Ryan is a Graduate Student, Capstone College of Nursing, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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  • Elaine Gallien Ph.D., R.N.,

    1. Jena Clayton Barrett is an Assistant Professor, Elaine Gallien is an Assistant Professor, Jeri Dunkin is a Professor, Saxon Chair for Rural Health, and Lisa Ryan is a Graduate Student, Capstone College of Nursing, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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  • Jeri Dunkin Ph.D., R.N.,

    1. Jena Clayton Barrett is an Assistant Professor, Elaine Gallien is an Assistant Professor, Jeri Dunkin is a Professor, Saxon Chair for Rural Health, and Lisa Ryan is a Graduate Student, Capstone College of Nursing, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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  • Lisa Ryan

    1. Jena Clayton Barrett is an Assistant Professor, Elaine Gallien is an Assistant Professor, Jeri Dunkin is a Professor, Saxon Chair for Rural Health, and Lisa Ryan is a Graduate Student, Capstone College of Nursing, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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Address correspondence to Jena Clayton Barrett, Capstone College of Nursing, The University of Alabama, Box 870358, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487–0358. E-mail: jbarrett@nursing.ua.edu

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe the experiences of rural families caring for children with asthma. The chief caregivers from six rural families were interviewed about the family's daily experiences in living with asthma, their knowledge of asthma triggers, and strategies for managing asthma. Parental knowledge about asthma and asthma management strategies was quite good. The cost of asthma regimens and school policies about medications were major barriers to better control. Other management strategies were directed at maintaining normality of family life.

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