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Barriers and facilitators to self-management of asthma in Pacific children

Asthma prevalence in New Zealand is among the highest in the world with one in nine adults and one in seven children affected, with a disproportionately high and persistent burden among Pacific populations and Māori. Despite the availability of established and effective asthma self-management plans, asthma outcomes and control continues to be poor among Pacific populations in New Zealand. We propose a mixed method research project to assess the availability and usage of asthma self-management plans. We will conduct focus groups and interviews to gain a broader insight into the barriers and facilitators to self-management of asthma from the perspective and experiences of asthma clients, parents and health care providers. The study findings will be the basis for the development of a culturally appropriate and relevant intervention to support Pacific clients, families and health care providers to enable them to better manage asthma.


July 2020


  • Dr Tristram Ingham
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Mr Tyronne Tranquilino
  • Peninsula Medical Centre, Auckland
  • Ms Ioana Viliamu-Amusia
  • Capital & Coast District Health Board
  • Dr Thorsten Stanley
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Dr Alvin Mitikulena
  • Eastern Bays Medical Centre, Wellington, NZ
  • Mrs Tofa Suafole Gush
  • Wairarapa & Hutt Valley District Health Boards, NZ
  • Dr Delwyn Goodrick
  • The Evaluator's Institute, Australia


  • Health Research Council of New Zealand