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Asthma and Environmental Control: The results of a randomized, controlled study to remove asthma triggers from the bedrooms of children with persistent asthma FREE TO VIEW

Tyra Bryant-Stephens, MD*
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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Elkins Park, PA


Chest. 2004;126(4_MeetingAbstracts):761S. doi:10.1378/chest.126.4_MeetingAbstracts.761S
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PURPOSE:  The purpose of this project is to determine whether generalized asthma trigger removal education and mitigation in the home will improve outcomes for children with asthma.

METHODS:  Children were randomized into two groups. The control group received home visits with observation, but without education or active environmental mitgation. The intervention group received home visits with education and active environmental mitigation. 288 children were followed over one year.

RESULTS:  Both groups revealed less emergency room visits and hospitalizations compared with the year prior to enrollment in study. Nighttime wheezing was reduced significantly in intervention group as compared to control group.

CONCLUSION:  Home visits in general improves outcomes for children education may lead to reduced emergency room visits and hospitalizations. However home visits with education and trigger removal are important in improving quality of life for children with asthma.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:  Clinicians can recommend general asthma trigger removal advice to families of children with asthma even if the specific allergen is not known. Home visit assessment may be enough to reduce asthma admissions to the hospital and emergency room.

DISCLOSURE:  T. Bryant-Stephens, None.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

2:30 PM- 4:00 PM




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