NEWARK—Each year, more than five million children seek medical care from their primary care providers for asthma related symptoms. Asthma accounts for roughly 484,000 hospitalizations and 200,000 hospitalizations. Children tend to experience increased asthma symptoms with the change of seasons. Asthma causes airway inflammation and constriction of the bronchioles. If not properly managed the lasting result is airway remodeling which is irreversible and has life long implications. While there is no cure for asthma it can be controlled.
According to the latest National Institutes of Health (NIH) Asthma Guidelines (2007), asthma education is essential to successful self-management of the disease. Health education programs can reduce morbidity and decrease costs associated with pediatric asthma. Experts recommend that asthma education begin at the time of diagnosis and be reinforced at each subsequent visit.
Felesia Bowen DNS©, APN, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, is a doctoral student at Columbia University School of Nursing, and she is conducting her doctoral research on pediatric asthma (Health Outcomes of Asthma Education) at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The study is for children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. Since February, 2009 children have been meeting in small groups on Saturday mornings to learn about asthma in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
The study is open to all qualified participants. Participation is free! Perhaps your little one has missed school or is having more asthma symptoms. Involvement in this study is a great way for him or her to learn about asthma and how to recognize and prevent symptoms. If you would like to learn more about the study or recommend someone for participation, contact Felesia Bowen DNS©, APN, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology 973-926-4273.