Focus areas: Pediatric Asthma
Chest Research Foundation (CRF) is an academic institute established with the vision of conducting quality research in the field of respiratory medicine with an emphasis on asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). CRF strives to spread awareness about these diseases and the best practices in their diagnosis and management amongst chest physicians, general physicians, and post-graduate students through a variety of training programmes.
Paediatric asthma represents a significant burden of childhood respiratory illness.Early diagnosis and initiation of inhalation therapy are essential to promote good health among asthmatic children and prevent exacerbation and its resultant decline in lung function in adulthood. Therefore, paediatricians need to be kept abreast of best practices in diagnosis and management of asthma in the aediatric population.CRF has academic, research and clinical expertise in asthma (adult and paediatric) and is in the position to provide such mentorship and instil confidence in paediatricians to correctly label and provide inhalation therapy for asthma in childhood. CRF & ECHO-PACE (Paediatric Asthma Clinic via ECHO) aims to improve awareness about best practices in diagnosis and management of paediatric asthma among paediatricians and paediatric post-graduate students, as well as leveraging the ECHO model & case-based mentoring platform to instil confidence among paediatricians and PG students to correctly prescribe inhalation therapy and counsel paediatric asthma patients about inhaler use. ECHO-PACE will be rolled out by primarily by recruiting medical colleges with post-graduate programmes in paediatrics as spoke-sites. Paediatric PG students will be recruited from these sites as spoke-participants. As CRF has conducted several 1-day workshops in the past, former delegates of the paediatric asthma workshops shall be contacted and recruited as spoke-participants as well.