Managing childhood asthma is difficult. Rather than giving daily medications – even when children feel well – many parents treat asthma only when symptoms become severe. This practice can lead to missed school days, trips to the ER and hospitalizations.
A novel program at Washington University School of Medicine suggests that peer trainers who coach parents over the phone on managing their children’s asthma can sharply reduce the number of days the kids experience symptoms. The program also dramatically decreased ER visits and hospitalizations among low-income children with Medicaid insurance.
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The research was supported by a grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), HL072919.
Garbutt JM, Yan Y, Highstein G, Strunk RD. A cluster-randomized trial shows telephone peer coaching for parents reduces children’s asthma morbidity. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Published online Nov. 4, 2014.