Provider asthma

  For Clinicians  For Patients

Why Does This Initiative Deserve Your Attention?

Despite efforts at education of health care providers, development of asthma care guidelines, and the advent of safe and effective medical therapy for asthma, the disease continues to be a major cause of morbidity for children.  Asthma still is the number one reason for unscheduled visits for children to their primary care provider.  The cost of this condition is staggering, both in terms of direct costs – the use of health dollars – and the indirect costs of a child’s quality of life.

 The availability of various asthma guidelines has significantly increased over the past 13 years, but their utilization in clinical practice can be cumbersome and restrictive.  As with just about all aspects of medical care, there are several ways to approach any given problem.  Guidelines don’t always shed any light on the special situations presented by each child and family.  Conflict between what is right and what is practical can make taking care of asthma frustrating for providers and, as a result, frustrating for patients and families.

 Fortunately, effective asthma management for the majority of children and their families is not difficult.  There are few things more rewarding in caring for children than to be able to empower families to manage their chronic conditions. Asthma can lend itself to the concept of self-management. Families can learn about monitoring, response to change, proper use of medications, control of the environment, and avoidance.

 These relatively simple concepts need to be communicated in a manner basic enough for the children and their families to understand.  Once a patient, parent, and provider realize how well asthma can be controlled, the burden of asthma is relieved for everyone.

 You have been asked to participate in a program that will make a difference for the children who suffer with asthma and for their families who have to deal with that child.  The objective of this initiative is to provide a tool that guides the provider quickly through the diagnosis and management of asthma – as it classically presents.  In this kit will be the tools to sort out the diagnosis, classify the severity of disease, and match treatment to the appropriate category.  There will be tools for monitoring including flow sheets with suggested topics that should be covered during visits and suggestions for continued monitoring and how to handle situations that may complicate the clinical course.

 It is our hope that you will find this to be a useful addition to your practice.  Thank you for participating.


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For Clinicians


For Patients

 Self-Management

 Asthma Patient Education Materials- Core Set

Medicines

Peak Flow

 Environmental

 Smoking

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