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The impact of self-efficacy on asthma management amongst older Australian adults

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Abstract


  • Rationale: Australian asthma rates are high by international standards causing

    greatest mortality amongst older adults.

    This paper looks at the relationships between perceived self-efficacy (belief in

    oneself) to manage the physical discomfort or pain caused by asthma and also

    the emotional distress caused by asthma and: reported health status; asthma

    quality of life for both mood and breathlessness; asthma management practices;

    and emergency health care use for asthma in adults aged 55 years and over.

    Methods: A 20 page survey exploring the health beliefs, behaviours and attitudes

    of older Australians, was mailed to 9,000 people, (response rate = 46.8%).

    Participants were recruited through a random sample obtained from the

    Australian Electoral Roll Office.

    Results: Correlations show that people who reported high physical or emotional

    self-efficacy were more likely to report better health and quality of life. They were

    less likely to report that asthma had interfered with their day-to-day activities or

    that they had utilised emergency health care for asthma. Regular asthma reviews

    with their general practitioner, owning an asthma action plan, having received

    asthma education and regularly monitoring asthma control did not appear to be

    related to self-efficacy.

    Summary: These results indicate that neither physical nor emotional self-efficacy

    are significantly correlated with popular asthma self-management strategies.

    However, both physical and emotional self-efficacy were significantly correlated

    with health rating, quality of life for breathlessness and mood and the impact of

    asthma on their day-to-day activities. Factors that increase older adults’ asthma

    self-efficacy need to be further investigated.

Authors


  •   Burns, Pippa R.
  •   Jones, Sandra C. (external author)
  •   Iverson, Donald C.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Burns, P. R., Jones, S. C. & Iverson, D. C. (2011). The impact of self-efficacy on asthma management amongst older Australian adults. 10th national emerging researchers in ageing conference: Abstracts and proceedings (pp. 112-116). Australia: Emerging Researchers in Ageing.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1223&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/224

Start Page


  • 112

End Page


  • 116

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Rationale: Australian asthma rates are high by international standards causing

    greatest mortality amongst older adults.

    This paper looks at the relationships between perceived self-efficacy (belief in

    oneself) to manage the physical discomfort or pain caused by asthma and also

    the emotional distress caused by asthma and: reported health status; asthma

    quality of life for both mood and breathlessness; asthma management practices;

    and emergency health care use for asthma in adults aged 55 years and over.

    Methods: A 20 page survey exploring the health beliefs, behaviours and attitudes

    of older Australians, was mailed to 9,000 people, (response rate = 46.8%).

    Participants were recruited through a random sample obtained from the

    Australian Electoral Roll Office.

    Results: Correlations show that people who reported high physical or emotional

    self-efficacy were more likely to report better health and quality of life. They were

    less likely to report that asthma had interfered with their day-to-day activities or

    that they had utilised emergency health care for asthma. Regular asthma reviews

    with their general practitioner, owning an asthma action plan, having received

    asthma education and regularly monitoring asthma control did not appear to be

    related to self-efficacy.

    Summary: These results indicate that neither physical nor emotional self-efficacy

    are significantly correlated with popular asthma self-management strategies.

    However, both physical and emotional self-efficacy were significantly correlated

    with health rating, quality of life for breathlessness and mood and the impact of

    asthma on their day-to-day activities. Factors that increase older adults’ asthma

    self-efficacy need to be further investigated.

Authors


  •   Burns, Pippa R.
  •   Jones, Sandra C. (external author)
  •   Iverson, Donald C.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Burns, P. R., Jones, S. C. & Iverson, D. C. (2011). The impact of self-efficacy on asthma management amongst older Australian adults. 10th national emerging researchers in ageing conference: Abstracts and proceedings (pp. 112-116). Australia: Emerging Researchers in Ageing.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1223&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/224

Start Page


  • 112

End Page


  • 116

Place Of Publication


  • Australia