Asthma is the most common chronic respiratory disease of childhood, a leading cause of emergency department visits, and 1 of the top 3 indications for hospitalization in children. Despite advances in the management of pediatric asthma, significant disparities in care and outcomes persist. To bridge these gaps, we must embrace the concept of asthma care across the continuum and extend our reach beyond the immediate patient-provider visit.
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Asthma is defined by episodic and reversible airway constriction and inflammation in response to infection, environmental allergens, and irritants. It is a complex, multifactorial, and immune-mediated process that presents with various clinical phenotypes.
Despite novel treatments and guideline-based care, asthma remains a significant public health problem. Medical care, missed school, and missed work related to asthma continue to burden our communities, costing more than $80 billion each year. (1) Furthermore, asthma disproportionately...