Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Virginia (cont’d)
Home Intervention in the Treatment of Asthma Among Inner-City Children
Northwest Grady Clinic
Thomas Platts-Mills, MD, PhD
The study, "A home intervention in the treatment of asthma among inner-city children", was done in the Northwest Grady Clinic in Atlanta, GA to investigate whether implementing low-cost measures for indoor allergen avoidance could reduce the number of acute care visits for asthma.
Physicians visited the homes of children with asthma at enrollment, three, eight and 12 months. During the sessions, trigger reduction education was given to families as well as mattress and pillow covers, cockroach traps and peak flow monitoring materials. Dust samples were also taken from the bed, bedroom floor, kitchen and living room.
After one year the there was a significant impact on reducing acute care visits and reduced levels of cockroach allergen in treatment homes.
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