Katherine Auger, MD, Division of Hospital Medicine.

Katherine Auger, MD, Division of Hospital Medicine

 

Helping a child with severe asthma could be as simple as knowing his home address, say authors of a study published online August 2016 in Academic Pediatrics.

Findings revealed that home addresses reliably identified at-risk children. In fact, a home address could guide risk assessment as soon as a family registers at the hospital or doctor’s office.

 "Inequalities in pediatric asthma-related illness are largely driven by socioeconomic hardships and other social determinants of health,” says lead author Katherine Auger, MD, Division of Hospital Medicine. “Children hospitalized with asthma are disproportionately from disadvantaged backgrounds and neighborhoods. Bringing this information to the clinical team could be beneficial in targeting and allocating resources more effectively.”