Identifying Barriers to Chronic Disease Reporting in Chicago Public Schools: a mixed methods approach

We have long known that rates of asthma and food allergy among students in the Chicago Public Schools students have been underreported. The aim of this study was to determine the barriers to chronic disease reporting as experienced by CPS parents and school nurses.  After conducting focus groups and key informant interviews with parents and school nurses, we identified three principal barriers to reporting: 1) Lack of parental process knowledge; 2) Limited communication from schools; and 3) insufficient availability of school nurses. Parents were significantly more likely to successfully complete the reporting process if they knew about special accommodations for chronic diseases, understood the need for physician verification, and/or knew the school nurse.  This suggests that increasing parental knowledge of the reporting process will allow schools to better identify and manage their students’ chronic conditions.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL PAPER.