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Study: RCSD kids with telemedicine, therapy have fewer ER visits for asthma

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Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Children living in poverty show a dramatic reduction in emergency room visits related to asthma with two types of medical treatment inventions, according to a URMC study.

The study published Monday morning in the journal JAMA Pediatrics showed the benefits of the Preventive Care Program for Urban Children with Asthma. It partners with city schools to get students to take their medicine every morning at school.

The program is helping students to better manage asthma on their own, reducing asthma attacks with students like Mosi Burks-Mataji. He takes his meds daily, he gets a reminder at school.

The research showed telemedicine, combined with school-based therapy, can help reduce emergency room visits for children with asthma by more than 50 percent. The RCSD students who were part of the Preventive Care Program for Urban Children with Asthma also had more symptom-free days.

"We found improvements in their nighttime symptoms, which is really important for them to get good sleep," said Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at URMC, doctor Jill Halterman. "We found they were less likely to have an emergency visit or hospitalization for asthma."

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Asthma is the most common chronic condition affecting children in the United States. Children who are minorities are less likely than non-minority students to receive treatments for asthma, which leads them to suffer preventable and potentially dangerous asthma flare-ups, which can lead to expensive emergency room visits.

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