Development of a tool to evaluate asthma preparedness and management in child-care centers

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Young, Chelsea A.; Chan, Curtis; Stookey, Jodi; Patel, Anisha I.; Evans, Jane; Cohn, Karen; Agana, Luz; Yen, Irene H. (Irene Hwei); Fernandez, Alicia; Cabana, Michael D.;
Date Issued: June, 2015
Description: Introduction: Asthma is a common condition affecting many children in child-care centers. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program offers recommendations about creating an asthma-friendly childcare setting. However, no studies have investigated the extent to which child-care centers adhere to these recommendations. This study describes the development of a novel instrument to determine the ability of childcare centers to meet national recommendations for asthma. Methods: The Preparing for Asthma in Child Care (PACC) Instrument was developed using information from existing recommendations and standards, the peer-reviewed literature, site visits, and expert interviews. The survey questions were pilot-tested at 36 child-care centers throughout San Francisco. Results: The instrument is composed of 43 items across seven domains: smoking exposure, presence of a medical consultant and policies, management of ventilation and triggers, access to medication, presence of asthma action plans, staff training, and encouragement of physical activity. Discussion: The PACC Instrument is an evidence-based and comprehensive tool designed to identify areas to target to improve asthma care for children in child-care centers. (author abstract)
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Funder(s): University of California, San Francisco. Clinical and Translational Science Institute ; National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (U.S.) ; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation ; National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Journal Title: Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology
Volume Number: 28
Issue Number: 2
Page Range: 121-128
Topics: Research & Evaluation Methods > Measures

Child Care & Early Education Quality

Service Delivery > Physical & Mental Health & Safety
Country: United States
ISSN: 2151-321X Paper
2151-3228 Online
Peer Reviewed: yes
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