Using Parent Mentors to Improve Asthma Care for Urban Minority Children, Phase 3


This multiphase project is investigating whether parents trained as mentors can improve asthma care for inner-city minority children and lower morbidity for the condition. In Phase 1, project staff recruited parent mentors and began enrolling children and their families in the program. Recruitment continued in Phase 2, and a randomized, controlled trial was initiated. In the third and final phase, project staff will evaluate outcomes of the trial and summarize the experiences of children, parents, mentors, and physicians. Preliminary findings show that some mentored children had their emergency room visits and hospitalizations cut in half. If these results can be confirmed, this model for asthma management has the potential to help certain groups of patients reduce their need for emergency care and hospitalization and lower asthma morbidity, thereby also lowering costs related to asthma care. The model could also empower parents to manage their child's condition. The Medical College of Wisconsin will provide in-kind cofunding for this final phase.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Medical College of Wisconsin
Principal Investigator:
Glenn Flores, M.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 10, 2007

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