Child maltreatment, including medical neglect, is a frequent contributor to the development of asthma as well as a barrier to its proper management. This article aims to review the role of medical neglect as a contributor to poor asthma control. Medical neglect can present as failure of the caretaker to recognize severe asthma symptoms in a child, non-adherence to medical management, failure to prevent chronic exposure to allergens or tobacco smoke, poor child nutrition leading to obesity, and allowing a young child to manage his/her illness without supervision. This article will explore the different factors leading to medical neglect (as illustrated by two cases) and suggest possible interventions aiming to prevent emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and asthma-related deaths.
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Knox, B. L., Luyet, F. M., & Esernio-Jenssen, D. (2019). Medical Neglect as a Contributor to Poorly Controlled Asthma in Childhood. Journal of child & adolescent trauma, 13(3), 327–334. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-019-00290-0
Medicine and Health Sciences | Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics