Improved Interventions Needed to Decrease Pediatric Asthma-Related Hospital Readmissions

A new study evaluated which interventions were effective at the point of discharge from the hospital to prevent readmission.

Pediatric asthma affects more than 7 million children in the United States; however, although the knowledge and care for patients has increased over time, overall morbidity has not decreased during the last decade.

In a systematic review, published by the journal Pediatrics, researchers evaluated which interventions were effective at the point of discharge from the hospital for their effect on readmission from 30 days to 1 year after the initial discharge. Specifically, they evaluated literature from 1991—the year the National Institutes of Health issued its original asthma care guidelines—to November 2016.

According to Parikh, up to 40% of children who are hospitalized for asthma-related concerns come back through the emergency department within 1 year and one-fourth of those children are readmitted.

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