Health Watch — Caring for Kids: Asthma Education

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about caring for children so they can stay safe and healthy. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that some parents may not be getting the help they need from the medical community to care for their children.

Children from ethnic minority groups are far more likely to have asthma, but most educational materials about asthma don’t target these groups or take into consideration cultural differences. Dr. Glenn Flores, a UT Southwestern pediatrician, says this puts children at unnecessary risk. Most materials targeting minority groups are aimed only at Hispanics, and then they may be merely translations. The UT Southwestern researchers say materials need to reflect cultural practices and values and address folk beliefs about illnesses so that parents can fully understand how to help their children.

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/patientcare/medicalservices/pediatrics.html to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in pediatrics.
 


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January 2008

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