Second Hand Smoke Doubles Hospitalizations For Kids With Asthma

Avni Y Joshi, MD, MSc Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine Pediatric and Adult Allergy / Immunology Cellular and Molecular Immunology Laboratory Mayo ClinicMedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Avni Y Joshi, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Pediatric and Adult Allergy / Immunology
Cellular and Molecular Immunology Laboratory
Mayo Clinic
 

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Dr. Joshi: We sought to quantify the risk of asthma outcomes in children with asthma who are exposed to second hand tobacco smoke (SHS).

This was a pooled analysis of 25 studies that were included for looking at asthma outcomes in children.

Children with asthma who were exposed to second hand tobacco smoke (SHS) were nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized as compared to children with asthma who were not exposed to  second hand tobacco smoke  exposure.

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Dr. Joshi: This pooled analysis has quantified the risk of asthma outcomes in children who are exposed to second hand tobacco smoke.

We knew that it was bad, this study has given a numeric quantitation to that risk.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Dr. Joshi: Future research should look at active tobacco control measures to assess for improvement in asthma outcomes in this patient population.

Citation:

Effects of secondhand smoke exposure on asthma morbidity and health care utilization in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis

September 24, 2015

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Avni Y Joshi, MD, MSc (2015). Second Hand Smoke Doubles Hospitalizations For Kids With Asthma 

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