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J Asthma. 2014 Jun;51(5):467-73. doi: 10.3109/02770903.2014.885040. Epub 2014 Feb 14.

Experiences addressing health-related financial challenges with disease management among African American women with asthma.

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Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health , Ann Arbor, MI , USA and.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Despite economic hardship, compliance with self-management regimens is still evident among individuals and families managing chronic disease. The purpose of this study was to describe how women with asthma address cost-related challenges to management of their condition.

METHODS:

In 2012 and 2013, four focus groups were conducted in Southeast Michigan with 26 African American women with asthma, recruited based on maximum variation sampling procedures. A semi-structured interview protocol was employed by trained facilitators. Coded transcripts were analyzed for themes regarding means to reduce the impact of the cost of asthma management.

RESULTS:

Major themes identified were acceptance of the status quo; stockpiling and sharing medicines; utilizing community assistance programs; reaching out to healthcare providers and social networks for help; foregoing self-management; and utilizing urgent care.

CONCLUSIONS:

Awareness of strategies that are helpful to patients in reducing out-of-pocket costs may better equip service providers and others to develop interventions to make useful strategies more widely available.

KEYWORDS:

Adherence; asthma; barriers; disparities; self-management

PMID:
24471517
PMCID:
PMC6004528
DOI:
10.3109/02770903.2014.885040
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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