A "planned-care method" of providing primary care for children with asthma can significantly reduce symptoms and need for emergency medications, according to a study published in the September issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
Much of the asthma care in the United States is based on visiting the doctor when a child is having asthma symptoms. The method, devised by Kevin Weiss, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Center for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and colleagues, involves providing regularly planned scheduled visits with specially trained nurses to help families learn how to anticipate asthma symptoms and to develop skills to better self-manage them. In addition, physicians receive extra education in asthma management. Weiss is also affiliated with the Midwest Center for Health Services and Policy Research, Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, Maywood, Ill.
After two years, the researchers found that, compared to children in usual care, kids in planned-care practices had 13 fewer days of symptoms per year; needed a third less rescue medication, such as a steroid inhaler; and used their medication as prescribed, according to parents’ reports.
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