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ANCHOR LEAD: PEDIATRICIANS DON’T BACK OFF MEDICINES IN KIDS WITH ASTHMA, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Keeping asthma under control in kids may involve a number of medications, and once the condition is under control many physicians are reluctant to tamper with success, even though it may be in the best interests of the child.  That’s one finding of a study led by Sande Okelo, a pediatric lung expert at Johns Hopkins.

OKELO:  Pediatricians were reluctant to decrease treatment.  We found that in the vignettes where children were doing well about 40% of pediatricians would not decrease treatment, and so we thought this may be an underrecognized aspect of treating asthma that may be important.  It’s important because medication compliance can be a problem and we think it might be because parents recognize that their child is doing well and may be able to do better on less medication.                  :28

Okelo says that parents should talk with their child’s physician regularly about modifying asthma management strategies.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.


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