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Indoor Environmental Interventions and their Effect on Asthma Outcomes

  • Rebin Kader
  • Kevin Kennedy
  • Jay M. Portnoy
Allergies and the Environment (M Hernandez, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Allergies and the Environment

Abstract

Purpose of Review

The use of environmental interventions to improve outcomes in asthmatics has long been an elusive goal. While numerous interventions have been studied, the results of clinical trials have been mixed. This review aims to identify combinations of interventions that have been proven to be effective and to propose a model for using them in a clinical setting.

Recent Findings

An NIH workshop emphasized a need for research to identify effective interventions for reducing indoor exposures and improving asthma outcomes. A number of innovative measures were described, though evidence supporting their use was lacking. A recent systematic review described various interventions for which evidence is available. The greatest challenge for this approach is the same as that for the medical approach to treatment: nonadherence.

Summary

Given evidence for effective interventions, control of environmental exposures should lead to improved asthma outcomes. Methods to improve adherence need to be identified.

Keywords

Environment Asthma Allergens Remediation 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest relevant to this manuscript.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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  1. 1.Division of Allergy, Asthma & ImmunologyChildren’s Mercy Hospitals & ClinicsKansas CityUSA
  2. 2.Division of Toxicology and Environmental HealthChildren’s MercyKansas CityUSA

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