Few poor children with asthma get preventive drugs after ED visit

09/28/2011 | Reuters

Only 28% of low-income children had used either an inhaled steroid or leukotriene modifier months after visiting the emergency department for asthma, a study in the Journal of Pediatrics found. Guidelines suggest children treated in the ED for asthma be given an inhaled corticosteroid prescription, but ED physicians aren't used to prescribing long-term treatment and can't follow up with patients, lead researcher Dr. Annie Lintzenich Andrews said. The results were obtained from 3,435 South Carolina children between 2007 and 2009.

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