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Learning About Asthma Through Play: A Nurse's Guide

Heather Henry explains how asthma technique can be made more accessible to children

Asthma affects an estimated 5.4 million people in the UK, of which 1.1 million are children. The burden of asthma disproportionately affects children and young people (CYP) in disadvantaged communities where health outcomes are worse.1 It is the most common long-term condition in UK children with the highest mortality rate of 10-24 year olds in Europe, affecting an average 1 in every 11 children or 3 in every classroom.2

An issue for primary and community nursing

In the home and in schools, primary and community nurses are usually the first point of contact for CYP with asthma and their families. With workforce pressures perhaps as high as they have ever been, nurses are facing a backlog of asthma reviews and increasing demand for respiratory care following the COVID-19 pandemic, Nurses today may be considering the best way, or even new ways to offer support to patients. 

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