Researchers Investigate Racial Disparities in Family-Provider Interactions for Pediatric Asthma Care

In the July 2017 edition of The Journal of Asthma, researchers “investigated differences in family-provider interactions for pediatric asthma, based on race/ethnicity.” To do this, they utilized a “cross-sectional study of parent surveys of asthmatic children within the Population-Based Effectives in Asthma and Lung Diseases Network.” The population was comprised of the survey response data of 647 parents with children of asthma. The study investigated questions including the number of visits with asthma providers, the number of times asthma medications and treatment plans were reviewed with the family, and preferences about the family’s asthma decisions.

The researchers found “black children had fewer visits in the previous 12 months for asthma than white children,” and “black children were less likely to have a written asthma treatment plan given/reviewed by a provider than their white peers.” In concluding the report, researchers noted “asthma providers could focus on improving these specific family-provider interactions in minority children.”

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