Improving Pediatric Asthma Management for Urban Families


Home-based family psychoeducational intervention for low-income children with persistent asthma.

Key Benefits

  • Medical and psychosocial needs of patients and family members can be addressed simultaneously.
  • Significantly improved asthma management and caregiver stress in randomized controlled clinical trial.

Market Summary

Asthma is a disease affecting the lungs and is prevalent in 7% of all children in the United States, and that number increases in children with lower annual household income. To address this, researchers at Emory University have developed a home-based family intervention framework incorporating strategies used in successful asthma education programs for low-income, urban, minority children. This invention will contribute to educational support services in the U.S.

Technical Summary

This invention consists of home/family-based strategies to assist strategies in providing efficient asthma education programs for children of low income, urban, and minority backgrounds. The strategies consist of home visit, flexibility in tailoring program content to specific families and cultural backgrounds, various in-person contacts with ready interventionist assistance and scheduled visits, materials presented in an easy to read format, assessment of each family’s specific strengths and barriers toward asthma management, training on how to navigate the medical system and effectively communicate with health professionals, and referrals to community resources ranging from social, legal, economic, and psychological assistance. The content of the strategies can be modified for a diversity of cultural contexts, and it is intended for use by but not limited to pediatricians, nurses, family practitioners, physician’s assistants, respiratory therapists, other public health practitioners, social workers, pastoral counselors, and school guidance counselors.

Patent Information

Tech ID: 21037
Published: 12/6/2022