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Recent developments in asthma education

Cabana, Michael D; Coffman, Janet M

Current Opinion in Allergy & Clinical Immunology: April 2011 - Volume 11 - Issue 2 - p 132–136
doi: 10.1097/ACI.0b013e3283445743
Pediatric asthma and development of atopy: Edited by Carlos E. Baena-Cagnani and Leonard B. Bacharier

Purpose of review: Asthma education is a key component of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) asthma guidelines. Although the benefits and importance of asthma patient education are well documented, there are still many open questions regarding how to best provide asthma education. The following review highlights recent developments in this topic.

Recent findings: Recent innovations have applied asthma education in a variety of settings. Ensuring that health professionals within a community provide consistent educational messages about asthma can create synergy and leverage limited healthcare resources to improve outcomes. In addition, children seem to have greater responsibility for self-management of asthma at younger ages.

Summary: Further work is needed to understand how clinicians can best educate and give parents anticipatory guidance about how to best teach and transfer asthma self-management skills to young children. By developing teaching and mastering self-management skills at an early age, children may be able to carry such skills into adulthood. Finally, given the prevalence of healthcare disparities, there is a continued need for rigorously evaluated programs that are culturally appropriate and effective.

aDepartment of Pediatrics, USA

bDepartment of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, USA

cPhilip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, USA

dDepartment of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, California, USA

Correspondence to Michael D. Cabana, MD, MPH, 3333 California Street, Suite 245, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA Tel: +1 415 514 2660; e-mail: michael.cabana@ucsf.edu

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