Problem-Solving Skills Training for Vulnerable Families of Children with Persistent Asthma: Report of a Randomized Trial on Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVES: To test the efficacy of problem-solving skill training (PST) in improving health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of children with persistent asthma from predominantly lower socioeconomic status (SES) Spanish-speaking Hispanic families. METHODS: Randomized controlled trial comparing standard care waitlist (SC) control, home-visiting asthma education/care coordination (CC), and combined intervention (CC + PST) at baseline, after intervention, and 6-month follow-up. The primary outcome was parent proxy-report child HRQOL (PedsQL). RESULTS: Participants (n = 252) were 83.3% Hispanic and 56.3% monolingual Spanish speakers, and 72.6% of mothers had not graduated high school. We found a significant (P = 0.05) intervention effect for parent proxy-reported child generic (but not asthma-specific) HRQOL, with CC + PST superior to SC [83.8 vs 79.8; adjusted mean difference of 4.05 points (95% confidence interval 0.63-7.4], but no difference between the CC and SC groups. CONCLUSIONS: In this sample of vulnerable families of children with persistent asthma, a CC + PST intervention was efficacious in improving children's generic HRQOL.

author list (cited authors)

  • Seid, M., Varni, J. W., Gidwani, P., Gelhard, L. R., & Slymen, D. J.

citation count

  • 43

complete list of authors

  • Seid, Michael||Varni, James W||Gidwani, Pradeep||Gelhard, Leticia Reyes||Slymen, Donald J

publication date

  • January 2010