A Breath of Fresh Air: A Telehealth Collaboration for Pediatric Asthma Management in Rural Settings



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This presentation showcases a student-led approach to managing pediatric asthma in remote rural settings through interprofessional collaboration via Telehealth. It revolves around the simulated case study of Charlotte Sodo, a six-year-old diagnosed with allergen-induced asthma exacerbated by environmental factors following her family's relocation to a rural area. The complexity of Charlotte's condition, characterized by frequent urgent care visits and a multifaceted medication regimen, underscores the critical need for cohesive, multidisciplinary care strategies.

Our team conducted two key Telehealth appointments with Charlotte's family, focusing initially on building rapport and understanding the patient's medical history, environmental challenges, and specific health care needs. The first session emphasized establishing a comprehensive care foundation, facilitating open communication between the family and a diverse team of healthcare professional students. The subsequent meeting aimed to address the family's concerns, reassess Charlotte's condition and treatment plan, and introduce tailored modifications and resources to better manage her asthma symptoms.

Throughout the presentation, we discuss the strategies employed to foster effective interprofessional collaboration, the importance of integrating environmental health considerations into pediatric asthma care, and the role of Telehealth in bridging care gaps for rural populations. We also explore the outcomes of our approach in terms of patient health, family satisfaction, and lessons learned for future Telehealth initiatives.

This simulated case study exemplifies the potential of Telehealth to transform care delivery for chronic conditions like pediatric asthma, especially in underserved rural communities. It highlights the importance of teamwork, communication, and adaptive strategies in achieving optimal health outcomes and underscores the need for healthcare systems to embrace and expand Telehealth capabilities as part of comprehensive care models.

Publication Date

Spring 2024


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Interprofessional Education | Pediatric Dentistry and Pedodontics | Pediatrics | Telemedicine


© 2024 The Authors


Alexander Dyke, College of Dental Medicine (CDM)

Kylie Robben, College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM)

David Karpe, College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM)

Rossy Fuentes, Public Health (MSAN-O)

Kaleigh Walsh, Occupational Therapy (OT)

A Breath of Fresh Air: A Telehealth Collaboration for Pediatric Asthma Management in Rural Settings
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