Getting urban kids with asthma to use primary care docs

MD Magazine

By Eric Wertzer


When it comes to urban childhood asthma, primary care physicians—not specialists or emergency room doctors—should be  the go-to caregivers, researchers have found. But these kids' parents or other significant adults in their lives may not be aware that these primary care physicians (PCPs)  can and should play the main role in care. Using electronic communications can get that message to parents and improve care, a team found.

A study designed to heighten awareness and use of PCPs as the principal resource for pediatric asthma care among urban minority youth significantly redirected focus on PCPs.

Conducted by doctors and other health professionals from the Children's National Health System, Washington, DC, and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC, the prospective study addressed ...

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