Children of caregivers with poor asthma knowledge were four times more likely to have a prolonged hospital stay (as more than two days), revealed new research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting.
"We studied 72 children ages 2-17 who had been hospitalized with asthma," says allergist Deepti Deshpande, MD, MPH, ACAAI member and lead author on the study. "Their caregivers completed a questionnaire when their child was admitted, when they were discharged and again four to six weeks after discharge."
Asthma education during the hospital stay for children and their families included interactive material that covered general asthma knowledge as well as asthma triggers and ways to control them. During their child's stay, caregivers were given demonstrations on correct inhaler technique and learned how to use an asthma action plan.
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