Improving pediatrician knowledge about environmental triggers of asthma

James R. Roberts, Catherine J. Karr, Lisa De Ybarrondo, Leyla E. McCurdy, Katherine D. Freeland, Thomas C. Hulsey, Joel Forman

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Background. Control of environmental triggers (ETs) greatly improves asthma outcomes in children. Disseminating these findings to general pediatricians has not been well established. Methods. After delivering a structured and standardized presentation on ET identification and control to pediatricians, we surveyed them about knowledge and practices of ET assessment and management. We analyzed matched responses for pre/post and 3- to 6-month follow-up using McNemar's χ2 test. Results. Matched data were available for 367 participants, and 3- to 6-month follow-up data were available for 83. There was a significant posttraining increase in intention to ask about ETs and recommend ET management. After 3 to 6 months, all responses remained significantly higher than baseline, except "likely to refer to an asthma specialist." Conclusion. Pediatricians reported a significant improvement in knowledge about ETs of asthma and a willingness to incorporate exposure history questions and remediation recommendations in their routine practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-533
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • asthma
  • education
  • environmental health
  • environmental triggers
  • pediatric


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