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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this article is to provide a useful index to English-language, scientific publications (2007-2008) related to pediatric asthma management. The authors first surveyed abstracts to identify studies likely to affect the practice and research direction of asthma and allergy educators. To accomplish the goal of providing a comprehensive overview of the literature, only brief descriptions of selected studies are provided. The authors have not attempted to describe and critique research designs or discuss implications of findings. Expert panel reports are specifically designed to accomplish these important goals. However, approximately 5 years lapse between expert panel reports (or updates). In the interim, the authors believe that a year-by-year review of new research will be useful to many people. The draft version of Expert Panel Report 3 was released in January 2007, so the review began with that date. The authors hope this approach will stimulate interest in and improve access to the literature, facilitate collaboration, and perhaps inspire new thinking that could move the asthma and allergy educator community along a little faster in the common effort to reduce asthma burden among children.
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    ABSTRACT: Current guidelines recommend that all children obtain follow-up within 1 to 4 weeks after an emergency department (ED) visit for acute asthma. Follow-up may be an important link to reestablish regular care with the primary care provider, review reasons for the ED visit, and update the home management plan. Obtaining follow-up from the ED can be challenging. Studies have reported baseline follow-up rates between 7% and 44% without intervention. Successful interventions report follow-up rates of 36% to 78%. Studies that demonstrated improved follow-up from the ED found methods to personalize care such as individualized education, assistance with follow-up, and/or providing medications or transportation free of charge. A few studies effectively used computer-based interventions in the ED. As electronic systems become more common in the ED, integrating asthma care, personalized education, and scheduling follow-up in real time may be possible.
    Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine 06/2009; 10(2):109-114.

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