Recent research has found: :
“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. If the caregiver had poor asthma knowledge when their child was admitted, the odds were four times greater that the child’s length of hospital stay would be longer than two days. If caregiver asthma knowledge was good, the odds were strong that the child’s hospital stay would be less than two days.”
This does not surprise me in the least! If you do not know much about the disease you are not going to know how to treat it.
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.
Education is key! This is great! I wish more doctor's offices would do this when your child/yourself is diagnosed with asthma! We were just handed scripts for inhalers and spacers.
When yourself or your child was diagnosed with asthma, how much information did your dr give you? Or did you end up doing research on your own?
The research looked at caregivers of peds, but understanding asthma management can help adults and their caregivers too. AAFA's new online has great information about managing your asthma.