The American Lung Association of Indiana (ALA-I), in conjunction with participating Indiana hospitals, developed the Lung Center® concept as a mechanism to provide standardized delivery of lung health education. The goal of this pilot study was to evaluate initial experience with the Lung Center program "Overcoming Your Asthma," a two-session asthma education program, and identify areas needing improvement. A total of 305 participants responded to a 31-item questionnaire at baseline (immediately prior to program exposure) and again at 1 month (n = 75) and 6 months (n = 30) after participation. Overall, delivery of the ALA-I Lung Center asthma education program improved respondents' experience with asthma. At one month after the educational session, the program improved participant knowledge about asthma. This was associated with modest improvements in treatment behaviors, economic outcomes and asthma symptoms such as reduced breathing difficulties, wheezing and asthma exacerbations, and improvement in sleep. Improvements were not uniformly sustained at 6 months. In summary, the Lung Center asthma education program appears to benefit patients with asthma. The results provide preliminary evidence to support continued delivery of asthma education in Lung Centers. Future efforts should emphasize education to improve treatment attitudes and behaviors.
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- Health Policy