Home Health Parents News Now Teens Have Better Asthma Care than Young Adults Teens Have Better Asthma Care than Young Adults By Holly Lebowitz Rossi May 07, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_13018744 30305 Parents of teens with asthma can remind them to take medications, fill their prescriptions, and make appointments with pediatricians who probably know the child well. But a few years later, when the young adult has left home for college or to live independently, that oversight is gone — and their care can suffer. Twenty-nine percent of young adults with asthma received treatment at an emergency room during the previous year, compared with 19 percent of younger teenagers with the condition, according to an analysis of national survey data collected between 1999 and 2009. Losing health insurance coverage is a major — but not the only — factor in this declining care, the study found. The research, led by Dr. Kao-Ping Chua of Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital, suggests that many young people wait for a medical crisis rather than seeking preventive care from primary care doctors they may not know well. Image: Teenager using inhaler, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Teens Have Better Asthma Care than Young Adults Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.