Navigation Links
Teens think they have asthma under control, but benefit from new approach to treatment
Date:5/6/2008

CINCINNATI Two studies that offer new insights to help adolescents and younger children improve their asthma control will be presented by researchers from Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center at this years annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Society (PAS) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

One study, to be presented May 4, found that teens with asthma dramatically overestimate their ability to control the condition, according to Maria Britto, M.D., MPH, a physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Childrens and study co-author.

Weve known that adolescent asthma patients tend to have poorer outcomes than younger children with the condition, and this study shows that teens tend to think theyre in control when they may be having difficulty, Dr. Britto said.

The researchers reported that 74 percent of adolescents dramatically overestimated their ability to control asthma, especially compared to the teens own reports of symptoms, use of rescue medications and limitations they placed on their activities. The study included 201 adolescents with an average age of 16.2 years who were observed during clinical visits. The findings suggest that adolescents perception of being in control may impact whether or not they follow treatment regimens and avoid situations that trigger their condition.

For those of us who treat teens with asthma, these findings will help us address with patients their perceived control versus what is actually going on, Dr. Britto said. As we have this dialogue with them, our hope is that it will improve their ability to manage their asthma and improve their health.

Improved care for asthma patients was also the subject of a second study at Cincinnati Childrens to be presented at PAS on May 6. This study found that a creative approach referred to as unplanned planned asthma visits resulted in young patients having fewer emergency room and hospital visits. The approach involves physicians discussing asthma with patients every time they come for an office visit, even if those visits are scheduled for totally unrelated reasons.

Having regular, planned physician appointments to manage a childs asthma is an integral part of the chronic care model, said Greg Szumlas, M.D., a physician in the Division of General Pediatrics at Cincinnati Childrens and study co-author. Unfortunately, many patients dont always keep these appointments, so the planned opportunity for education of patient and parent is lost. We also know patients see their physicians for other acute problems, so we developed a system to capture these opportunities and turn them into what we call the unplanned planned asthma visits.

During these visit, patients undergo asthma control screening, condition assessment and receive education on asthma self-management. The visit is turned into an opportunity to assess and manage the patients asthma. Correct medications and effective self management result in an overall improvement in asthma quality measures and patient outcomes. In a study group of 230 asthma patients followed during the program, the researchers noted a 30-percent increase in patients with established asthma treatment action plans. The program also led to a 50-percent reduction in asthma hospitalizations and a 47 percent decrease in asthma related emergency room visits over a one-year period.


'/>"/>

Contact: Nick Miller
nicholas.miller@cchmc.org
513-803-6035
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Overcoming Im in Control Syndrome and Providing Help When Patients Least Expect It Can Benefit Children and Teens With Asthma
2. Physical activity, healthy eating and BMI not linked in older teens: study
3. Heart Disease Risks Hit Boys in Teens
4. Rat study suggests why teens get hooked on cocaine more easily than adults
5. Video: Phoenix Suns Amare Stoudemire Kicks Off Program to Encourage Teens to Wake Up and Go to School
6. Teens Spending Too Much Screen Time
7. Remuda Programs for Eating Disorders Launches New Anxiety Disorders Program for Teens and Children
8. Deficit in Brain Function Puts Teens at Risk of Drug Abuse
9. VIDEO from Medialink and The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia: New Research - Rules of the Road for Teens and Passengers
10. New Hope for Depressed Teens
11. Most Internet Sex Offenders Target Teens, Not Kids
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Freed-Hardeman University ... Allen have signed a joint enrollment and degree completion agreement. The agreement, ... and baccalaureate degrees at FHU|Dickson. , The agreement allows students to be ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Illinois (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... and independent PROSHRED franchises from across the country gathered at the La Valencia ... recognize top performers. PROSHRED Chicago was named the year’s most outstanding franchise, ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... ... Boar’s Head Brand®, one of the nation’s leading providers of premium delicatessen ... stress out of your party preparation – follow these easy, yet delicious recipes with ... game. , “The key to hosting a successful game-day party is creating a flavorful ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Stuart Bentkover, MD, FACS is thrilled ... provide the most effective tattoo removal today, Dr. Bentkover is the only doctor in ... Cynosure, the PicoSure has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... Health and ... more relevant to individuals in the event they are experiencing an illness. Migraines are ... Those Americans that are afflicted with migraines would not wish the pain on their ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... 2016  Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC ), the ... to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced ... acquire a majority ownership interest in Dental Cremer S.A., ... Brazil . --> ... is the dental distribution business of Cremer S.A. With ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... , Feb. 4, 2016 For hospitals ... or those already participating in the program, the Health ... referred to as the , Mega-Guidance , could have ... guidance is published in September 2016. Essential ... and Service Marketing , summarizes the Mega-Guidance,s key proposed ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... , Feb. 4, 2016   Bernstein Liebhard LLP ... in the United States District Court for the District of ... (the "Class") consisting of all persons or entities who purchased ... (NASDAQ: INSY ) from March 3, 2015 through January ... certain of its officers with violations of the Securities Exchange ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: