ERIC Number: ED485030
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 16
An Online Simulation in Pediatric Asthma Management
Hopper, Keith B.
Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 27th, Chicago, IL, October 19-23, 2004
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that nearly 20 million Americans suffer from asthma, 6.3 million of which are children (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2004). It is not merely an annoyance disease, as is commonly believed. Asthma kills. It takes more than 5,000 American lives each year (Asthma Statistics in America, 2004). Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, and it is the number one cause of hospitalization and absence from school. African Americans suffer asthma at three times the national rate, and are four times as likely to die from asthma as whites. Asthma in Atlanta?s inner city children has increased to alarming levels in both morbidity and mortality, especially in black and Hispanic populations. Incidence and severity of asthma is inversely related to socioeconomic status. It is a dangerous pulmonary disease, which not only spoils quality of life for asthmatic children and their families, but results in many deaths. An important social hazard of childhood asthma in children is increased school absenteeism. The CDC estimates that asthma caused fourteen million missed schools days in 2002. Loss in productivity by working parents caring for children missing school due to asthma is estimated at $1 billion per year (Asthma Statistics in America, 2004). Absenteeism from school directly contributes to increased drop-out rates, with lifelong repercussions in earning capacity, health, and quality of life. More important, physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, asthma case managers, and school nurses know very well that beyond the startling statistics lies the personal suffering of many individual children.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Washington, DC.