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A nurse led home management training programme reduced readmissions to the hospital in children with acute asthma

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


Randomised controlled trial.


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


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


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, …

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  • Source of funding: not stated.

  • For article reprint: Dr J Y Paton, Department of Child Health, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill National Health Service Trust, Glasgow G3 8SJ, Scotland. Fax +44 (0)141 201 0837.

  • Adapted from an abstract published in Evidence-Based Medicine 1997 Sep–Oct;2:139.