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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact and acceptability of an educational multimedia program designed to promote self-management skills in children with asthma. METHODS We conducted a randomized, controlled trial with measures at baseline and 1- and 6-month follow-up. The trial was conducted in pediatric outpatient respiratory(More)
This study aims to explore undergraduate medical students' views and experiences of methods of teaching and learning communication skills. Five focus groups were conducted with 32 students, with representatives from each of the 5 years of the medical degree, at the University of Nottingham, UK. The audiotapes were transcribed in full and the transcripts(More)
BACKGROUND Reducing waiting anxiety is an important objective of patient-centered care. Anxiety is linked to negative health outcomes, including longer recovery periods, lowered pain thresholds, and for children in particular, resistance to treatment, nightmares, and separation anxiety. The goals of this study were (1) to systematically review published(More)
BACKGROUND Childhood obesity is one of the greatest health problems of the 21st Century. Compared with their non-disabled peers, children with disabilities have been shown to be at higher risk of obesity and associated secondary conditions which can hinder independence and community participation. Health promotion initiatives for children are rarely(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this work was to identify barriers to physical activity in children with asthma and to compare their customary activity levels, BMI and emotional well-being with that of children with other medical conditions. It was hypothesized that children with asthma would have higher BMI and lower levels of customary activity. PATIENTS AND(More)
PURPOSE Children with disabilities are at higher risk of obesity, engage in less physical activity and report poorer quality dietary habits than their non-disabled peers. This study reviewed current evidence on interventions designed to facilitate weight management and/or weight-related behaviors (i.e. physical activity and/or healthy eating habits) in(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of children with spina bifida (SB), their families and healthcare professionals (HCPs) when discussing weight-related topics. METHOD In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with HCPs from Canadian outpatient SB clinics (n = 13), children aged 6-18 years with SB (n = 17) and their(More)
UNLABELLED Childhood obesity is a global health concern, but children with spina bifida in particular have unique interacting risk factors for increased weight. PURPOSE To identify and explore current clinical practices around weight assessment and management in pediatric spina bifida clinics. METHODS An online, self-report survey of healthcare(More)
Children's knowledge of asthma triggers and the impact on children's knowledge of using 'The Asthma Files', an interactive, educational computer program, were evaluated in this pilot study. Thirty-one children aged between seven and 14 years and diagnosed with asthma were recruited to the study. Ten boys participated in evaluating the triggers section and a(More)
BACKGROUND Text messaging (short message service, SMS) is a widely accessible and potentially cost-effective medium for encouraging behavior change. Few studies have examined text messaging interventions to influence child health behaviors or explored parental perceptions of mobile technologies to support behavior change among children. OBJECTIVE Our aim(More)