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Outcome of long-term hospitalization for asthma in children.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2913136     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Children whose asthma continues to be poorly controlled with outpatient management are often referred to a long-term hospital program for care. Although these programs have been in existence since the 1950s, there has been no systematic study of their effectiveness. The purpose of the present study was to determine outcome in 103 children discharged consecutively after a long-term hospitalization. These children had both severe asthma and significant psychologic problems. Eighty-three of the 103 children had required continuous or frequent intermittent steroids for asthma control. In the year before admission, they had been hospitalized for asthma a mean of 2.6 times for 11.8 days and had had 4.6 visits to emergency rooms and 6.6 visits to physician offices for acute wheezing. Use of medical resources for asthma decreased significantly in the year after long-term hospitalization compared to the year before hospitalization (hospitalization: -34%, p less than 0.0001; hospital days: -39%, p less than 0.0002; emergency room visits: -46%, p less than 0.00001; physician office visits for acute asthma, -42%; p less than 0.00001; and a composite score giving increasing weight to more intensive and costly care: -30%, p less than 0.0001). Long-term hospitalization for children with asthma not responsive to outpatient management is associated with improvement in their use of medical resources.
R C Strunk; J T Fukuhara; J F LaBrecque; D A Mrazek
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology     Volume:  83     ISSN:  0091-6749     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Allergy Clin. Immunol.     Publication Date:  1989 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-03-09     Completed Date:  1989-03-09     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1275002     Medline TA:  J Allergy Clin Immunol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  17-25     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatrics, National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Denver, Colo.
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MeSH Terms
Asthma / physiopathology,  psychology,  therapy*
Child Behavior
Drug Administration Schedule
Forced Expiratory Volume
Hospitals, Special / utilization
Length of Stay*
Neuropsychological Tests
Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)*
Patient Readmission
Prednisone / administration & dosage
Prospective Studies
Regression Analysis
Grant Support
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