Health Watch - Advice: Parent Mentors

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the importance of advice and support in living a healthy life. For parents whose children have asthma, the support and advice of other parents can help their children cope better with their breathing problems.

Urban minority children are far more likely than other children to suffer from asthma. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center found in a recent study that specially trained parent mentors were able to help disadvantaged families prevent complications from asthma. The mentors met with families and kept in touch by phone. The children whose families were mentored had fewer emergency room visits and fewer rapid-breathing episodes and other complications from asthma. The mentored parents were more knowledgeable about managing their children’s breathing problems. The program also saved money, with less spent on hospitalization and emergency room visits.

Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/pediatrics to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in pediatrics.

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January 2010


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