A new study at Primary Children’s Hospital has found that follow-up appointments for hospitalized children treated for childhood bronchiolitis are often not necessary, and that switching from mandatory to “as-needed” follow-up care can save families from unnecessary medical care and expense—and may help guide treatment during the pandemic. The study was published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Typically, when children leave the hospital after treatment for bronchiolitis (including from RSV), parents are advised to follow up with their pediatrician or family physician within a few days. Researchers asked a simple question: why—especially when most children make a full and quick recovery.

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