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Association Between Asthma Management and Routine Posture Exercise

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Anne-Marie Coleman, PhD, MPH, College of Health Sciences, Walden University, Atlanta, GA
Peter Anderson, PhD, College of Health Sciences, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Gwendolyn Francavillo, PhD, Health Science, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be managed. Asthma management is a public health issue that is complex. Medication, asthma triggers, age, and the environment are all factors that impact asthma management. There is a gap in research in terms of what lifestyle characteristics need to be in place in order for adults to manage asthma. Shaw found that posture care is a lifestyle variable that should be explored as it relates to asthma management in older adults. The Life University Clinic (Marietta, GA) sees asthmatic patients daily and teaches them about a posture care routine through a program called Straighten Up. Based on the health belief model, this study explored how the Straighten Up routine exercises impacted asthma management in adult asthmatic patients with severe asthma (n =304 ). Ordinal regression and logistic regression was used to analyze the relationships between using the Straighten Up posture exercises (independent variable) for 3 months with 3 dependent variables: patients’ sleep patterns (night time awakenings due to asthma), use of quick relief medication, and hospitalizations (ER Visits) due to asthma. Straighten Up posture exercises reduced night time sleep interruptions, but not hospitalizations due to asthma or the use of quick relief medications. For persons with asthma, Straighten Up could be an additional tool to manage their asthma and reduce the known impacts of sleep deprivation including accidents, memory loss, and heart disease. For organizations who serve asthmatics, Straighten Up could be an additional resource to share with the population they serve. As a result of this study, Straighten Up exercises are recommended for adult asthmatics with severe asthma as part of their asthma management plan.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Public health biology
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss asthma management variables and describe how the Straighten Up America Posture Pods contributes to decrease in night time awakenings due to asthma. Evaluate all the variables needed to design asthma friendly school policies and worksite policies. Define and list steps adults with severe asthma could take to manage their asthma.

Keyword(s): Asthma, Behavioral Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author on the content I am responsible for because I am presenting on my dissertation work. I defended my dissertation on 6/20/2015. I officially earned my PhD on 7-11-2015.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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