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Evid Based Nurs 1:11 doi:10.1136/ebn.1.1.11
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A nurse led home management training programme reduced readmissions to the hospital in children with acute asthma

Objective

To determine whether a nurse led education home management training programme for parents of children in hospital with asthma reduces readmissions.

Design

Randomised controlled trial.

Setting

4 wards of a large children's teaching hospital in Scotland.

Patients

201 children who were > 2 years of age (49% were from 2–5 y, 62% boys) and in the hospital with acute asthma.

Intervention

96 children were allocated to the nurse led training programme and 105 to usual care. The study nurse, who had specialist asthma training, briefly met with parents within 24 hours of admission and then, on average, held 2 further teaching and discussion sessions with each family (total approximately 45 minutes). Parents received information on asthma and its triggers; treatment and …

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