Public health researchers work with families to avoid unnecessary ER trips
Caring for a young child has its fun-filled moments, but when a child gets sick, many parents err on the side of caution. "Parents tend to get very scared. The first thing they'll do is to rush to the emergency room," says Fatima Beccar-Verela, Education Supervisor at Early Head Start. This contributes to the over-use of emergency departments across the country. Working with four Early Head Start programs, researchers from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health found that could change with targeted intervention.
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