Opinion Editorial information on asthma management is communicated to and sion, and including pediatric patients as stakeholders are criti- understood by patients. Standard tools, such as asthma action cal steps to ensure appropriate communication (content and plans, often contain language and other information that is delivery) in interventions that span multiple domains of care. inaccessible to populations with low health literacy levels. Dif- The scope and shared commitment to improving pediat- ferentiating between multiple inhaled medications can lead to ric asthma outcomes in Cincinnati are commendable and the confusion and present a significant challenge to asthma con- reduction in morbidity encouraging. A roadmap for future 13 3 trol for some families. Children and adolescents often share work is established herein by Kercsmar et al. Although imple- responsibility for using asthma medications at a young age but mentation in other communities may feature different ap- are often excluded from clinical asthma teaching that is di- proaches, building active partnerships with patients across rected toward the caregivers. Engaging populations with low settings holds promise for positively influencing the lives of health literacy, minimizing the potential for medication confu- children and adolescents with asthma. ARTICLE INFORMATION community [published online September 18, 2017].
JAMA Pediatrics – American Medical Association
Published: Nov 5, 2017