To describe the follow-up care for asthmatic patients within 28 days of an emergency department (ED) visit and its association with ED revisits and hospital admissions in the subsequent year.

In this study, 29 391 children with asthma between the ages of 2 and 17 treated in an ED in Ontario, Canada, between April 16, 2006, and February 28, 2009, had their chart reviewed in a population-based retrospective cohort study. Multiple linked health administrative data sets available through the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences were used to gather data.

Data were collected by using the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, Canadian Institute for Health Information Discharge Abstract Database, and Ontario Health Insurance Plan claims database to identify ED visits, hospital admissions, and outpatient visits, respectively. Only children with preexisting asthma were chosen for the study. The primary and secondary outcomes were the number of children having an ED visit and...

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