Texas Hospitals Reduce Emergency Department Visits by Educating Families of Pediatric Asthma Patients

Baylor College of Medicine and four partnering hospitals in the Houston-Galveston area of Texas collected information on emergency department (ED) pediatric asthma visits. The project team also studied the impact of an intervention to educate ED pediatric asthma patients and parents in managing the disease.

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

Key Results/Findings

  • The project captured data on 6,222 pediatric asthma encounters in a two-year period. A majority of the children had mild asthma by both chronic and acute severity classifications.
  • Patients with mild intermittent asthma who received the educational intervention had significantly fewer urgent care/emergency department visits in the nine months following the intervention compared to similar patients in the control group.