Asthma specialist care preferences among parents of children receiving emergency department care for asthma

Kathryn H. Pade, Neha T. Agnihotri, Sitaram Vangala, Lindsey R. Thompson, Vincent Joseph Wang, Sande O. Okelo

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Objective: To learn factors associated with desire for asthma specialist care among parents of children seeking emergency department (ED) care for asthma, and if referral was indicated based on national asthma guidelines. Methods: We surveyed parents of children ages 0–18 years seeking pediatric ED asthma care, then comparisons were made according to parental level of interest in asthma specialist care, with regard to socio-demographics, asthma morbidity and care, by chi-squared and logistic regression. Results: Of 149 children, 20% reported specialist care, but 75% met guideline criteria for referral. About 80% of parents not seeing an asthma specialist expressed a desire to see one. Higher rates of prior urgent care visits (48% vs. 22%, p = 0.03), ED visits (82% vs. 35%, p < 0.001) and oral steroid use (53% vs. 22%, p = 0.009) were reported by parents who desired an asthma specialist compared with parents who did not. 87% of parents not seeing a specialist attributed this to a perceived lack of necessity by their primary care provider. An ED visit within the prior 12 months was the most significant predictor in parental desire for specialist care (odds ratio 9.75; 95% CI 3.42–27.76) in adjusted logistic regression models. Conclusion: High rates of parental preference for asthma specialist care suggest that directly querying parents may be an efficient method to identify children appropriate for specialist care in the ED.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-195
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Asthma
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020


  • Asthma
  • control
  • preference
  • specialist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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