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A peer led asthma education programme in adolescents was more effective than no programme for improving quality of life

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 QUESTION: In adolescents with asthma, is a peer led asthma education programme more effective than no programme for improving quality of life (QoL)?


Randomised (allocation concealed*), blinded {data analyst},* controlled trial with 3 months follow up.


6 high schools in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia.


272 adolescents who were in grades 7 and 10, were present on the test day, and reported recent wheeze were included in the study. 251 adolescents (92%; mean age 14 y, 55% girls) completed follow up.


3 schools (124 students) were cluster randomised to implement the adolescent peer led asthma education (Triple A) programme. The Triple A programme involved a 3 step approach to peer led education. In step 1, student volunteers in grade 11 were trained as leaders during a 6 hour workshop to …

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  • Source of funding: Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care and Asthma NSW.

  • For correspondence: Dr S Shah, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Westmead Hospital, Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia. Fax +61 2 9689 1049.

  • * See glossary.

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