School health centers help asthmatic kids

Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- Health centers in schools can help poor and uninsured children with asthma improve their attendance and stay out of the hospital, a study in New York City found.

The health centers offer care by a pediatrician or nurse practitioner during the school day and backup services after hours through a community health center.

Children with asthma who attended schools without such a center were absent an average of three days more than students at schools with the centers. They were also more likely to end up in the hospital: 17 percent versus 10.5 percent.

The study was published in this month's Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

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