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Children’s Hospital Pediatricians Develop Novel Asthma Program To Address Issue in Turtle Creek With Support From Rep. Paul Costa

Children’s study found asthma rate of 13 percent in Turtle Creek, twice national average

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has developed a unique initiative in the Turtle Creek area to address that region’s burgeoning childhood asthma problem and help families control the chronic condition.

Children’s Hospital’s Division of General Academic Pediatrics is establishing the Asthma Quality Improvement Program (AQuIP) at its Primary Care Center in Turtle Creek with a $10,000 state grant provided by Rep. Paul Costa (D-Allegheny).

Hospital officials joined Rep. Costa in announcing the AQuIP initiative at a press event at Children’s in Turtle Creek  on Friday, March 21, 2008. The first phase of the project included a baseline study that found the prevalence of asthma in the population served by Children’s at Turtle Creek is 13 percent, twice the national average.

“Our pediatricians are developing AQuIP as a pilot project to address the childhood asthma situation in the Turtle Creek area,” said Alejandro Hoberman, MD, chief, Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Children’s. “With Rep. Costa’s generous support, we have completed the baseline study and developed asthma action plan tools to improved diagnosis and treatment. We are now assessing the effectiveness of these tools and plan to expand AQuIP to our other sites, including our Primary Care Center in Oakland.”

AQuIP was designed under the leadership of Dr. Hoberman, Marin Kiesau, MD, and Debra Bogen, MD, pediatricians in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. Its implementation has been coordinated by Sanjay Lambore, MD, medical director, Children’s at Turtle Creek.

AQuIP includes tools that help physicians and families understand national guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health for the diagnosis and treatment of asthma. It includes specific steps to improve home management of the condition and to ensure patients are seen by a physician at regular intervals and are taking proper medications to prevent asthma attacks.

More than 6 million children in the United States have asthma, and more than 4 million of them suffer one or more asthma attacks a year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These attacks result in 14.7 million school days per year. Minority children and those from low-income households are at the highest risk of childhood asthma.

Learn more about Children’s Division of General Academic Pediatrics.

Learn more about the treatment of childhood asthma and Children’s Asthma Center.

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April 4, 2008
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Last Update
April 4, 2008