First off in this week’s news for nurses, I take a look at an article over at DailyRx.com on recent research into team care for chronic disease patients. The study referenced in the article looked specifically at care for pediatric asthma patients when they had a “medical home” team managing their care.

Children’s Asthma Care Plan Implementation

girl-using-asthma-inhalerThe study was conducted by a team from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. They looked at the effectiveness of a specific set of asthma management guidelines or protocols and how well children and their parents were able to follow it with and without the assistance of a multidisciplinary health care team.

They specifically looked at kids hospitalized for exacerbated asthma and their rates for readmission for later episodes with or without team follow-up care. The kids who followed the study’s Children’s Asthma Care plan (CAC), which included follow-up visits and management, were 70% less likely to be readmitted within 3-6 months following their first hospitalization.

Chronic Illness Poorly Managed

This is pretty significant but also underlines how poor a job was being done for the average pediatric asthma patient prior to the study. Chronic illnesses can be successfully managed by a team approach. This isn’t the only study to look at this and other diseases. The challenge is actually implementing this oversight for all the chronic disease patients.

I wonder how many of these studies will it take before we see a more comprehensive all-encompassing chronic healthcare approach that includes prevention and disease management for our patients? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Elderly Poisoning Risks and Nursing Show Episode 301.

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