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Group asthma consultations risk parent and child arguments

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There is “potential for conflict as well as cooperation” during consultations with children and parents about asthma, according to a Manchester University study in the Journal of Clinical Nursing online.

There is “potential for conflict as well as cooperation” during consultations with children and parents about asthma, according to a Manchester University study in the Journal of Clinical Nursing online.

Researchers assessed nine consultations and interviewed 18 parents and six nurses.

They found conflicts arose from differing beliefs about the impact of asthma and treatment goals.

They added: “There was uncertainty about the appropriate role of children in their asthma management.”

 

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  • I always encouraged parents to allow their children to manage their own asthma as soon as they had sufficient understanding of the condition. Most parents were in agreement with this, as they still had the opportunity to monitor their childrens' management with the use of peak flow and inhaler usage charts.
    Children who managed their own symptoms had fewer acute emergencies and had better control of their asthma into adulthood.
    It is important to address both the child and the parent seperately during the consultation so that neither felt that their presence is unnecessary.

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