Benefits of Community Involvement in Pediatric Asthma

Today there are 6.2 million people under the age of 18 diagnosed with asthma. Nearly 50 percent of those children have at least one asthma attack every single year, requiring them to seek medical treatment.Not only do these children seek medical treatment annually for attacks, but asthma is the third-ranking origin of hospitalization for those under 15 years of age. Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children today, and the number one reason for children to miss school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, created a national asthma control program with goals to reduce the number of asthma related emergency room visits, missed school days, hospitalizations, and most importantly death. Various interventions were proven to show positive results within the community in regard to pediatric asthma. The Journal of Pediatric Nursing determined free community education on asthma, interactive asthma action plans, along with school hours management of asthma, improved asthma related symptoms, lessened emergency room visits, and reduced primary care appointments. A study by the University of Washington discusses the amount of time children spend away from home, as a key involvement on the importance of community-based asthma education.

Author(s): Rebecca Lynn Hicks

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