Asthma Coaches | Asthma Coaches Keep Kids Breathing | Asthma Kids Breathing
In a study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, community health workers randomly assigned to make home visits and phone calls to low-income parents to teach them about asthma and encourage positive management behaviors decreased the need for hospitalization for kids.
Just over thirty-six percent of the kids, ages two through eight, who were assigned an asthma coach were hospitalized during the two-year study. By comparison, just over fifty-nine percent of the kids assigned to “usual care” were hospitalized during that same time period. There was no reduction in the number of emergency room visits.
It’s important to note that asthma is not being cured by the coaches – they’re simply providing parents with the skills to better manage their children’s care. And although this study was based on low-income families, it’s fair to say that Every family could use an education that doesn’t come straight from Google.
A lot of parents are wary of allowing a professional to come into their homes to make suggestions on how to care for their kids, and I can’t blame them. I don’t want someone walking into my house to tell me why I’m a bad parent. But even the most caring pediatrician doesn’t have adequate time to explain every detail and answer every question. With a disease like asthma – which can often be exacerbated by environment – these home visits seem that much more crucial to getting a handle on a child’s disease management. A trained professional can make a real difference in a child’s life and as much as we hate to admit it, sometimes we parents need their help.