This issue of Hospital Pediatrics includes a study by Samady et al, in which different models of delivering inpatient asthma education were compared. This contribution is important for two reasons. One, it provides useful information to help inform the optimal approach to teaching patients and families about chronic asthma management. Two, the study team used a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design to test their intervention. RCTs are the gold standard for rigorously testing interventions, but they continue to be rare in the field of pediatric hospital medicine (PHM).

This study was motivated by the authors’ observation of important gaps in the literature on asthma education: a lack of studies on asthma education interventions in the inpatient setting and a lack of studies comparing the effectiveness of different asthma education models. They conducted a single-site, investigator-blinded RCT comparing a standard didactic and passive educational approach to an interactive approach (which...

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