Author(s): Williams KW, Word C, Streck MR, Titus MO, Williams KW, Word C, Streck MR, Titus MO
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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.
This article was published in Clin Pediatr (Phila)
and referenced in Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior