The effect of a patient education program on emergency room use for inner-city children with asthma

Am J Public Health. 1990 Jan;80(1):36-8. doi: 10.2105/ajph.80.1.36.


An educational program for children with asthma designed to reduce emergency room (ER) use enrolled all eligible children (n = 253 primarily low-income Black) within a health maintenance organization (HMO) who had used the hospital or ER for asthma during the pre-enrollment period and randomized them into two groups. Twenty-four of the experimental group patients had 55 ER visits and 18 of the control patients had 39 ER visits during the first 12 months post-intervention. This program did not achieve its goal.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • African Americans
  • Asthma*
  • Chicago
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Health Services Misuse*
  • Health Services*
  • Humans
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Poverty Areas
  • Random Allocation