Meharry/Vanderbilt Asthma Disparities Center

Pediatric Asthma

Disparities in African American Asthmatics Admitted to a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit


Principal Investigator:    James Sheller, M.D.  (Vanderbilt)
Co-Investigators:          Neal Patel, M.D., M.P.H.  (Vanderbilt)
                                    Scott Williams, Ph.D.  (Meharry)
Rhonda BeLue, Ph.D.  (Meharry)
Paul Moore, M.D. (Vanderbilt)
. Michael Stein, M.D. (Vanderbilt)

In the United States, morbidity and mortality from asthma disproportionately affects African Americans. Our preliminary data show that African American asthmatic children are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) more frequently than whites. However, no studies have investigated the characteristics of African American children with asthma exacerbations requiring intensive care. Our overriding aim in this project is to determine the factors causing African American children to have severe asthma. To capture a population of children with severe asthma, we will enroll pediatric patients with asthma exacerbations requiring ICU care admitted to the only pediatric intensive care unit in Middle Tennessee, representing a population of over 126,000 children.

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