Honolulu's Emergency Department-Based Education Program Improves Asthma Management in Children

From 2001 to 2005, Emergency department (ED) staff at the Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu and three partner institutions instructed pediatric asthma patients and their parents in asthma management.

Project staff tracked the patients through follow-up telephone interviews three weeks and three months after the emergency department visits.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Managing Pediatric Asthma: Emergency Department Demonstration Program.


The project team reported in an April 2006 article in Pediatrics, "Change in Approach and Delivery of Medical Care in Children With Asthma: Results From a Multicenter Emergency Department Educational Asthma Management Program":

  • Use of controller medications increased after the educational intervention.
  • The project demonstrated that "ED-based interventions are possible and effective."