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Follow-up After an Asthma Hospitalization : Who Can Prevent Subsequent Exacerbations?

Michael Schatz, MD, MS; Carlos A. Camargo, Jr, MD, DrPH
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Affiliations: San Diego, CA
 ,  Boston, MA
 ,  Dr. Schatz is affiliated with the Department of Allergy, Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Camargo is affiliated with the Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Correspondence to: Michael Schatz, MD, MS, Chief, Department of Allergy, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, 7060 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111; e-mail: michael.x.schatz@kp.org



Chest. 2006;130(1):8-10. doi:10.1378/chest.130.1.8
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Asthma caused an average of 467,000 hospitalizations per year between 1995 and 2002.1 Most asthma hospitalizations are preceded by an emergency department visit (Emergency Medicine Network; unpublished data), and asthma accounts for a total of nearly 1.8 million emergency department visits per year.2 Although exact figures are not available, many of these emergency asthma visits are preventable. Since a prior asthma hospitalization or emergency department visit is the strongest risk factor for subsequent emergency hospital utilization,3 follow-up after an asthma hospitalization or emergency department visit presents a golden opportunity for tertiary prevention. However, there are substantial knowledge gaps regarding the type of follow-up that will significantly improve asthma outcomes.

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