- Although the emergency department (ED) provides essential care for severely ill or injured children, past research has shown that children often visit the ED for potentially preventable illnesses, including asthma. We sought to determine how children's rate of ED visits for asthma has changed over the last decade and to analyze what factors are associated with a child's potentially preventable ED visit for asthma.
- Children and adolescents are known to experience poor health care quality; some groups of children have poorer health care than others. We sought to examine trends over time in health care quality and disparities by race, Hispanic ethnicity, income, insurance, gender, rurality, and special health care needs.
- Although it is well known which groups of children are more vulnerable to poor health care access, quality, and outcomes, less is known about how and why this occurs. Barriers to care—sociobehavioral processes that interfere with successful interaction with the health care system—may be a link between vulnerability and access, experiences, and outcomes.