The Breathmobile

Initiative Description: Initial evaluations included a detailed medical history. Education in the most appropriate language was used to teach asthma pathophysiology, proper use of medications and devices. Every child of appropriate age was given a spacer and peakflowmeter for home and/or school use. Some families had home visits for individual education and assistance in environmental controls. Skin tests were performed.  Data were collected by parental recall and patient self-report.

Study results: There was a significant reduction (p, .001) in the annual rates of ER visits, hospitalizations, and school absenteeism when comparing pre- and postentry into the program. These data suggest that a mobile asthma van clinic at the school site with an asthma specialist could be an effective model in reducing morbidity in the underserved child with asthma.

Reference: Liao, O., Morphew, T., Amaro, S., & Galant, S. P. (2006). The Breathmobile[TM]: A Novel Comprehensive School-Based Mobile Asthma Care Clinic for Urban Underprivileged Children. Journal Of School Health, 76(6), 313-319.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good