Outcomes of emergency room treatment of children with asthma

Arlene M. Butz, Peyton Eggleston, Cheryl Alexander, Beryl J. Rosenstein

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Abstract

Duration of symptoms, medication use and follow-up medical care were examined over an 8-week period in children following emergency room treatment for an acute asthma episode. Two groups of children were compared: Short-course (N = 90) and Continuous Medication Users (N = 46). Over a third of Short-Course Users continued to report symptoms up to 6 weeks following the index episode with 31% reporting medication use at 8 weeks. Relapse, resulting in an emergency room visit, occurred in 26% of all study children. Factors associated with relapse included maternal smoking, female gender, prior hospitalization for asthma, cough, and medication use during the follow-up period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-264
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Asthma
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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