December 1994

The Need to Educate Health Professionals About Childhood Asthma

Author Affiliations

From the Division of General Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Pa) (Dr Amirav), and the School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Dr Burg).

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148(12):1339-1343. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1994.02170120101019

Asthma, the leading cause of chronic illness in childhood, is increasing in morbidity and mortality.1-4 While general pediatricians care for most children with asthma, they receive minimal training to prepare them optimally to manage asthma as comprehensively as has recently been recommended. As a result, a large proportion of children with asthma may not receive the current standard of asthma care.5 The purpose of this report is to review current information that indicates the need to educate health professionals about childhood asthma to curb the recent increases in morbidity and mortality.