Report: Program Results in Improved Care for Children with Asthma
(July 23, 2018) -
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The American Lung Association’s Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma program dramatically improves the quality of care for children with asthma and reduces pediatric emergency department visits, according to a recent report from the Journal of Asthma.
The report examines the Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma program, which is a 10-step quality improvement program to support asthma management and care for children. The program was implemented in 65 community health centers in four states, and included extensive training for providers and other clinic staff on asthma diagnosis, medications, asthma management plans, ongoing asthma management and patient education. Equipment, patient education materials and technical assistance were also provided.
Over a three-year period, this program resulted in:
- Over a 50 percent reduction in asthma-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
- Dramatic improvement in the health of patients that resulted in significant savings for families and the healthcare system.
- Improvement in six quality improvement measures including asthma severity, asthma control, pulmonary function, asthma education, asthma action plans and controller medication.
“Programs like this truly show that with technical assistance, training, and time, we can make a difference in the lives of families affected by chronic lung disease,” said Jill Heins, the national director of lung health for the Lung Association and an author of the article. “All children deserve to live healthy and active lives and I’m proud to be part of the team that helps them get there.”
More 6 million children in the U.S. suffer from asthma. Unfortunately, asthma is one of the main illness-related reasons that students miss school, accounting for more than 13.8 million lost school days each. Proper asthma management is directly related to academic performance, as well as costly medical expenses.
The full article, titled “Enhancing guideline-based asthma care processes through a multi-state, multi-center quality improvement program,” was published in the May 2018 issue of the Journal of Asthma. If you would like to read the full report, please contact Jill Thompson at the Lung Association at [email protected] or at 312-940-7001.
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