The upsurge in the incidence of acute severe asthma in the face of slow institutional response to the management of asthma, has heightened public concern in Nigeria. It is against this background that this study investigated the impact of asthma education on knowledge of management of acute severe asthma amongst practicing nurses vis-α-vis signs and symptoms of the disease as well as its therapy.
Before-and-after design was adopted. Thus, a standardized questionnaire was administered to two hundred and three practicing nurses who were invited for an asthma education programme before and after the lecture. One-way-ANOVA test was used to ascertain the statistical significance of the differential in the participants’ knowledge of management of acute severe asthma.
The participants’ mean years of practicing was 15.54 years with a standard deviation 2.35. There were significant differences in the participants’ knowledge scores on signs (F = 4.68, p < 0.05), symptoms (F = 7.25, p < 0.01), and therapy (F = 5.11, p < 0.01) of the disease.
Asthma education programme could boost manpower development, which is fundamental to enhancing institutional response to the management of asthma in Nigeria.
Consistent and vigorous asthma education programme amongst the health workers is necessary in improving institutional response to asthma in Nigeria.
Gregory Erhabor, No Financial Disclosure Information; No Product/Research Disclosure Information