A case series evaluation of a pilot group cognitive behavioural treatment for children with asthma and anxiety

Gemma Sicouri, Louise Sharpe, Jennifer L. Hudson, Joanne Dudeney, Adam Jaffe, Caroline Hunt*

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Abstract

Anxiety disorders occur at an increased rate in children with asthma; however, there is only a small evidence base to support specific psychological treatments for these children. The current study evaluated the efficacy of a pilot cognitive behavioural treatment (CBT) group intervention for children with asthma and a comorbid anxiety disorder in a case series design. Five children (aged 8–11 years old) with asthma and a comorbid anxiety disorder and their mothers took part in eight 1-hour group treatment sessions. Primary outcomes measures were anxiety diagnosis and asthma-related quality of life. Secondary outcome measures were asthma symptom control and parent quality of life associated with caring for a child with asthma. Three of the participants no longer met diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder following treatment and three different participants reported a reliable improvement in asthma-related quality of life. Two participants reported a reliable improvement in asthma symptom control. Three mothers reported an improvement in caregiver quality of life. The findings provide preliminary proof of concept evidence for the efficacy of a CBT intervention for children with asthma and clinical anxiety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-47
Number of pages13
JournalBehaviour Change
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

Keywords

  • anxiety
  • asthma
  • children
  • CBT

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