Study: Barriers to Care and Primary Care Experiences Among Children with Asthma

In a study published in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics, research was conducted to assess whether vulnerable children with asthma experience barriers to care that affect their primary care experiences. Patients, recruited primarily from urban, federally qualified health centers, were between 3 and 12 years of age and had been diagnosed as having asthma. Surveys were administered to participants/families and instruments were used to measure barriers to care and primary care experiences. Results showed that fewer barriers predicted better primary care, after controlling for access to care, demographics, and asthma severity. The author concluded that for vulnerable children with asthma, barriers to care explain variation in primary care experiences.

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