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Dr. Mohammed Zaheeruddin discusses factors associated with reducing Pediatric Asthma readmissions

Can you briefly explain the study on Factors Associated with Pediatric Asthma Readmissions and its implications for a common man?

The study on Factors Associated with Pediatric Asthma Readmissions and its implications for a common man

This study reflects the growing number of pediatric asthma cases in the community, which can be related to many modifiable and non-modifiable factors as mentioned in the study. Paediatric asthma cases are more in this part of the world, mainly due to environmental factors, such as sandstorms, dry and humid weather, A/C dependence and dietary habits. It affects the common man since this will have an impact on the daily routine and lifestyle of a child, if they keep getting sick & readmitted to hospitals with severe lung attacks. These attacks will affect their growth and development and will also have impact on their mental wellbeing (low self-esteem, lack of confidence, peer pressure and bullying).

How can a GP help reduce the burden of readmissions in hospitals?

GP’s can play a very important role in preventing such readmissions. They are the first point of contact in such cases. A GP will need to evaluate the patient in detail, give them a proper treatment plan & most importantly, educate with proper counselling of parents & the child (depending on the age of the child). Most of the readmissions of pediatric asthma cases are due to noncompliance of preventive treatment. As a GP, one needs to counsel parents & child repeatedly regarding preventive steps of such lung attacks (pediatric asthma exacerbations).

Modifiable factors optimised by GPs can reduce the socio-economic burden caused by paediatric asthma hospital readmissions - Omnia Health

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