Studies & Reports

One of our core strategies at RAMP is to keep the asthma field abreast of best practices, timely opportunities, and emerging research in order to build capacity for reducing the inequitable burden of asthma. We do this by cultivating an extensive hub of asthma-related information across a wide range of topics, including asthma management and healthcare, housing, air pollution, schools, the built environment, and more.

The majority of studies and reports that you’ll see below were published by partner organizations, agencies, and research institutions. To specifically see resources created by RAMP, check out RAMP Tools & Publications.

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  • Effects of Environmental Factors on Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction

    August’s online edition of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology includes an article examining how cold and warm seasons affect the occurrence of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) in children. Researchers studied 213 non-asthmatic schoolchildren aged 15 – 17 years, collecting spirometry data in winter and summer for two years. They found that “the occurrence of EIB differed…

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  • Study Examines Effects of Passive Tobacco Smoke on Risk of Asthma

    In the October 2018 edition of Environmental Research, a study “compared the risk of asthma in groups exposed to passive tobacco smoke.” Over the course of the study period, “passive smoke exposure level among children ages 3-11 in the US” decreased, but researchers still found “higher exposure to passive smoke is still associated with higher…

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  • Researchers Conduct Longitudinal Examination of Asthma Medication Ratio

    The June 2018 edition of The American Journal of Managed Care includes a longitudinal examination of the asthma medication ratio (AMR) of “a large national cohort of children with asthma.” Researchers calculated an AMR for each patient at rolling 3-month and 6-month periods, and classified patients as being at a low-risk, high-risk, or missing AMR.…

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  • Study Investigates Criteria Other than HEDIS for Persistent Asthma

    The June 2018 Edition of The Journal of Managed Care contains an article that explores criteria other than the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) persistent asthma definition.  Researchers performed an analysis on patients aged two to eighteen with three years of continuous enrollment, constructing and testing multiple potential definitions on two years of…

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  • Article Examines Asthma Safety of Long-Acting β2-Agonists

    In an article published in the June 2018 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers reviewed safety concerns over long-acting β2 – agonists (LABAs) in asthma management. To conduct the study, researchers “performed a combined analysis of the four trials comparing an inhaled glucocorticoid plus a LABA (combination therapy) with an inhaled glucocorticoid…

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  • Researchers Explore Using Wellness Coaches to Affect Pediatric Asthma Outcomes

    Translational Behavioral Medicine’s June 2018 edition includes an article exploring the use of wellness coaches to target parental stress, “a well-documented mediator of poor pediatric asthma outcomes.” Researchers utilized two wellness coaches that conducted four-session interventions on parents with children with persistent asthma. “Participants reported high acceptability of working with the wellness coaches,” and “use…

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  • Effects of Interactive Physical Play and Asthma Symptoms on Socio-Emotional and Academic Outcomes in Children

    In an article in the July 2018 edition of The Journal of Asthma, researchers sought to investigate how a reduction of interactive physical play due to asthma can impact socio-emotional and academic outcomes for children. Researchers examined caregiver surveys of 324 children that assessed asthma severity, the amount of interactive physical play, socio-emotional and academic…

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  • Article Discusses Risks of Thunderstorms on Asthma

    An article published on Medscape in August 2017 discusses how thunderstorms can lead to asthma epidemics and affect “patients who have never exhibited asthma symptoms before.” Usually, pollen grains are too large and don’t move down to the bronchial tree. The weather effects in thunderstorms can break down pollen to a small size “resulting in…

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