April 23, 2012
A Shining Example of Healthcare That Works: Home Visits for Asthmatic Kids

A program developed in Boston has the potential to make asthma a lot less troublesome for children all over the country. Targeted to children in low-income families, the program substantially lowered emergency room visits, hospitalizations and school days missed due to asthma.
A key part of the program is a visit to the child’s home by a nurse or other health care worker to make the home less likely to trigger asthma attacks. And according to a recently published study, the program pays for itself: “Missed school days dropped by 41 percent, and missed workdays of parents needing to care for their children dropped by 50 percent.” […]
In the year after enrolling in the program, there was a 68 percent decrease in ER visits for asthma and an 85 percent decrease in hospitalizations due to asthma. Missed school days dropped by 41 percent and missed workdays of parents needing to care for their children dropped by 50 percent. And days where children had to limit their physical activity because of asthma decreased 43 percent.
All of these improvements were evident within six months.
Read more. [Image: Flickr]

(via The Doctor Will See You Now)

A Shining Example of Healthcare That Works: Home Visits for Asthmatic Kids

A program developed in Boston has the potential to make asthma a lot less troublesome for children all over the country. Targeted to children in low-income families, the program substantially lowered emergency room visits, hospitalizations and school days missed due to asthma.

A key part of the program is a visit to the child’s home by a nurse or other health care worker to make the home less likely to trigger asthma attacks. And according to a recently published study, the program pays for itself: “Missed school days dropped by 41 percent, and missed workdays of parents needing to care for their children dropped by 50 percent.” […]

In the year after enrolling in the program, there was a 68 percent decrease in ER visits for asthma and an 85 percent decrease in hospitalizations due to asthma. Missed school days dropped by 41 percent and missed workdays of parents needing to care for their children dropped by 50 percent. And days where children had to limit their physical activity because of asthma decreased 43 percent.

All of these improvements were evident within six months.

Read more. [Image: Flickr]

(via The Doctor Will See You Now)

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    my kid’s lungs would appreciate this.
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    Where has this program been all my life?
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    THIS IS AWESOME! Seriously, statistics always just say that African American people are more likely to die from asthma...