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A little asthma education goes a long way

 

Narrator:       This is Science Today. A new study from the University of California, San Francisco found that pediatricians who take the time to provide asthma education to their patients were much less likely to prescribe unnecessary medications.

Cabana:         We found that one out of every six visits for a child with asthma included antibiotic treatment when an antibiotic treatment wasn't necessary. One thing that stuck out was that when physicians took the time to provide asthma education it seems to be associated with better management of asthma. So in many ways, asthma education is a great marker for quality care.

Narrator:       Researcher Michael Cabana explains that overprescribing antibiotics can breed bacterial resistance in children, so it's important for parents to ask doctors questions and educate themselves about appropriate asthma therapies.

Cabana:         It's important for you not only to know what they're giving but why it's given, as well. Asking those types of questions does make a difference and it's important for you as a good patient. You want good doctors but you also want good patients, too.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.