Parental education on asthma severity in the emergency department and primary care follow-up rates.

Abstract:

:Asthma is the most prevalent chronic condition affecting children and a common chief complaint in emergency departments (EDs). We aimed to improve parents' understanding of their child's asthma severity on accessing our pediatric ED for an acute asthma exacerbation. A retrospective chart review was conducted to determine outpatient follow-up rates from our ED in 2010-2011. In an attempt to educate parents at ED discharge about their child's asthma severity at presentation, we included a visual severity scale on their discharge instructions. Postdischarge telephone interviews were completed to determine postintervention follow-up rates. Asthma follow-up rates at 1 week improved from 20.8% to 50% after intervention. This difference was statistically significant after controlling for age and clinical asthma score with logistic regression (P < .0001). Offering predischarge education about a child's initial asthma severity is a simple intervention that significantly improved follow-up rates for children seen in the ED for asthma exacerbation.

journal_name

Clin Pediatr (Phila)

journal_title

Clinical pediatrics

authors

Williams KW,Word C,Streck MR,Titus MO

doi

10.1177/0009922813479163

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2013-07-01 00:00:00

pages

612-9

issue

7

eissn

0009-9228

issn

1938-2707

pii

0009922813479163

journal_volume

52

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