Minimising wheeze in the under-threes: developing a respiratory assessment clinic for children
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Minimising wheeze in the under-threes: developing a respiratory assessment clinic for children

Elizabeth Jane Wood Advanced paediatric nurse practitioner, Oldham children's community team, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

A reluctance to diagnose asthma in children under three who have recurrent cough and wheeze causes delays in the commencement of appropriate asthma treatment. Timely inhaled corticosteroid use may reduce asthma exacerbations and unnecessary visits to the emergency department and GPs. To address this delay, an advanced nurse practitioner in one children's community nursing team set up a respiratory assessment clinic for children under three who had recurrent respiratory difficulties. This article describes the rationale and the evidence base that supports a clinic of this kind and reports on its initial results.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2017.e807

Correspondence

Elizabeth.wood@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 21 September 2016

Accepted: 09 November 2016

Published online: 21 February 2017