Emergency department as the main source of asthma care

J Asthma. 2006 Sep;43(7):527-32. doi: 10.1080/02770900600857069.


Many asthma patients use the emergency department (ED) as the sole source of asthma care. This is considered inadequate and poor practice. This prospective study revealed that young age, lack of evening clinic, forgetting to keep the appointment, conflicting priorities of daily life, and easy access to the ED on an as-needed basis for urgent care, medications, and prescriptions, and failure to use inhaled corticosteroids were significant while lack of insurance or access to asthma clinic were not significant factors in exclusive use of the ED. Establishing ED asthma education programs or an after hours asthma clinic may alleviate the practice.

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / therapeutic use
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities / statistics & numerical data
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Asthma / drug therapy
  • Asthma / epidemiology*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data
  • Hospitals, Municipal / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • New York City
  • Prospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Refusal
  • Utilization Review


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents