Home Care for Bronchiolitis: A Systematic Review

Pediatrics. 2022 Oct 1;150(4):e2022056603. doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-056603.


Context: Bronchiolitis is the leading cause of pediatric hospital admissions. Hospital-at-Home (HAH) delivers hospital-level care at home, relieving pressure on the hospital system.

Objectives: We aimed to review the feasibility, acceptability, and safety of HAH for bronchiolitis, and assess the cost-impact to hospitals and society.

Data sources: Ovid Medline, Embase, Pubmed, Cochrane Library, CINAHL, and Web of Science.

Study selection: Studies (randomized control trials, retrospective audits, prospective observational trials) of infants with bronchiolitis receiving HAH (oxygen, nasogastric feeding, remote monitoring). Studies were limited to English language since 2000.

Data extraction: We reviewed all studies in duplicate for inclusion, data extraction, and risk of bias.

Results: Ten studies met inclusion criteria, all for home oxygen therapy (HOT). One abstract on nasogastric feeding did not meet full inclusion criteria. No studies on remote monitoring were found. HOT appears feasible in terms of uptake (70%-82%) and successful completion, both at altitude and sea-level. Caregiver acceptability was reported in 2 qualitative studies. There were 7 reported adverse events (0.6%) with 0 mortality in 1257 patients. Cost studies showed evidence of savings, although included costs to hospitals only.

Limitations: Small number of studies with heterogenous study design and quality. No adequately powered randomized control studies.

Conclusions: Evidence exists to support HOT as feasible, acceptable, and safe. Evidence of cost-effectiveness remains limited. Further research is needed to understand the relevant impact of HAH versus alternative interventions to reduce oxygen prescribing. Other models of care looking at nasogastric feeding support and remote monitoring should be explored.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Bronchiolitis* / therapy
  • Child
  • Home Care Services*
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Observational Studies as Topic
  • Oxygen
  • Retrospective Studies


  • Oxygen