Parent's perspectives on asthma medication management: a social network analysis

Pamela Srour-Alphonse, Elizabeth Azzi, Biljana Cvetkovski, Lynn Cheong, Cynthia S. Rand, Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich

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Despite the input of multiple health care professionals (HCPs), patients often establish their own health sources, health advice and support outside the HCP domain1. The overall aim of this study was to gain an understanding of the relative significance of health care professionals, personal contacts and any other sources of advice/information on the parent's asthma medication management of their child's asthma.

In‐depth, semi structured interviews were conducted with parents of children (aged 4 to 18 years) with asthma (self‐reported) from Sydney, Australia. Participants were recruited from several points including asthma clinics, general practice clinics and community pharmacies. Quantitative social network analysis provided structural insight into the asthma networks while qualitative social network analysis assisted in interpretation of network data.

A total of 26 interviews were conducted. A wide variety of individuals and resources were identified by all parents to a be part of their ongoing management of their child's asthma medications. Figure 1. represents the collated asthma networks of these parents. While general practitioners (GPs) and paediatricians were participant's principal choice of healthcare professionals (HCPs), community pharmacists were less regarded. Each parent included at least one family member, friend or other mother with a child who has asthma in their asthma networks, with 9 of the parents mentioning their spouse as a significant contributor to their child's asthma medication management.

Parents have developed their own health networks to aid them in the management of their children's asthma medications, often consisting of multiple individuals and resources apart from the traditional HCPs. This research highlights the need to consider parent's health contacts and how they may drive and influence children's asthma outcomes. Further research is required to explore factors impacting parent's network choices and their influence on their management of their children's medications.


OtherThe Australia & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science and The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (ANZSRS/TSANZ) Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, Australia, 23–27 March 2018
Abbreviated titleTSANZ 2018


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