NCICASNational Cooperative Inner City Asthma Study
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The teams underwent rigorous training and had lighter caseloads compared with NCICAS counterparts.
64 MSDs) compared with children from NCICAS (MSDs = 5.
The major goal was to determine whether a novel combination of the evidencebased NCICAS asthma counselor and ICAS environ mental interventions could be effective in a post-disaster setting (Evans et al.
The HEAL intervention was modeled after the intervention used in NCICAS (Evans et al.
Consistent with the NCICAS and ICAS studies, the primary outcome in HEAL was the maximum symptom days (MSDs) in the previous 2 weeks, which was the largest value among three asthma symptom variables: a) the number of days with wheezing, tightness in the chest, or cough; b) the number of nights with disturbed sleep as a result of asthma; and c) the number of days the child had to slow down or discontinue play activities because of asthma.
In contrast to the NCICAS study, we did not observe an association between cockroach allergen and mouse allergen in the bedroom, although their level of correlation was moderate (r = 0.
The NCICAS reported that those children living in homes with Mus m 1 (a component of MUP) greater than 1.
The specific allergens that were chosen were based on findings from the NCICAS (6,11) as well as other studies (2,19).
Building on NCICAS, our primary goal was to provide the child's caretaker with the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary to perform home environmental remediation activities.
Phase I of NCICAS (11) reported high rates of sensitization to cockroach among inner-city children, and sensitization to dust mite, mold, cat, dog, and rodent allergen was also common.
Our study was more heterogeneous than either the NCICAS or HAS studies with a greater range in attained education, ethnic diversity, housing type, and population density.
Although our sample included cities where the population density is high (New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts), the population densities were lower than those in large urban centers, which were the focus of the NCICAS and HAS studies.