The purpose of this study is to identify community resources and challenges in improving the
health of community members with asthma.
The primary goal of this project is to use Community-Based Participatory Research
methodology to develop interventions aimed at improving asthma management in high-risk
African American asthmatics. This "ground-up" longterm approach has never been tested before
in asthmatics. The primary goal of this study will be accomplished with four specific aims:
Aim 1. Conduct focus groups to identify barriers to asthma management in the target
Aim 2. Use a community advisory board (CAB) consisting of participants selected from the
various focus groups to gather information about solutions for the above barriers.
Aim 3. Use the information from the CAB to develop an intervention to improve asthma self
management behaviors in the target population.
Aim 4. Refine the developed intervention based on feedback from focus groups conducted in
Volunteer will be asked to respond to several questions that address their perceptions about
asthma. Volunteers will also be asked to discuss their beliefs about asthma. Everyone in
the group will be given an opportunity to answer questions. Volunteers can decide that they
no longer want to participate in the group discussion at any time.
The discussion will last from 1.5 - 2 hours. The focus group discussion will have a maximum
of 10 people.
We will be audio and video taping the discussion so that we do not miss any information that
volunteers share with us. The audio and video tapes will not be shared with anyone outside
Volunteer participation in this study is voluntary and there will be no negative
consequences if volunteers decide not to participate. Volunteers are also free to withdraw
from this study at any time. Withdrawal or refusal to participate will not affect health
care services or other rights.
- Self-identified African-American, 18 yrs. or older, resident of Davidson County,
Tennessee at least 1 year.
- Under 18 yrs. of age
- Non-African American
- Non-English speaking
- Do not reside in Davidson County, Tennessee