Journal of Community Health

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 706–711 | Cite as

Racial Disparities at the Point of Care for Urban Children with Persistent Asthma

  • Porschea Lewis
  • Maria Fagnano
  • Alana Koehler
  • Jill S. Halterman
Original Paper


Little is known about disparities in preventive asthma care delivery at the time of an office visit. Our objective was to better understand what treatments are delivered at the point of care for urban children with asthma, and whether there are racial disparities. We enrolled 100 Black and 77 White children (2–12 years) with persistent asthma from 6 primary care practices. We evaluated how frequently providers delivered guideline-based asthma actions at the index visit. We also assessed asthma morbidity prior to the index visit and again at 2 month follow-up. Black children had greater symptom severity and were less likely to report having a preventive medication at baseline, but were no more likely to report a preventive medication action at the time of an office visit. Symptoms persisted for Black children at follow-up, suggesting additional preventive actions were needed. Further efforts to promote consistent guideline-based preventive asthma care are critical.


Childhood asthma Disparities Urban health 



The authors have no affiliation, financial agreement, or other involvement with any company or manufacturer. This work was funded by a grant from the NHLBI of the National Institutes of Health (R01 HL091835). This study includes data from the Prompting Asthma Intervention in Rochester—Uniting Parents and Providers (PAIR-UP) trial in Rochester, NY. ( Identifier: NCT01105754).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Porschea Lewis
    • 1
  • Maria Fagnano
    • 1
  • Alana Koehler
    • 1
  • Jill S. Halterman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Strong Memorial HospitalUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochesterUSA

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