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Culturally Competent Prevention and Control of Asthma for American Indians and Alaska Natives

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Abstract:

Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are among the 10 leading chronic conditions causing restricted activity. After chronic sinusitis, asthma is the most common cause of chronic illness in children. Methods are available to treat these respiratory diseases and promote respiratory health. Effective management of asthma comprises four major components: controlling exposure to factors that trigger asthma episodes, adequately managing asthma with medicine, monitoring the disease by using objective measures of lung function, and educating asthma patients to become partners in their own care. A literature search and annotated bibliography was conducted to identify culturally competent asthma prevention literature for AIAN.