1998 OPEN FORUM Abstracts
OUTCOMES STUDIES TO ASSESS ASTHMA EDUCATION PROGRAM IN AN ALLERGY AND ASTHMA PRACTICE
Donna Dayer, BS, RRT and Deanna Ruddell, M.D. Little Rock Allergy and Asthma Clinic, Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock Allergy and Asthma Clinic began an outcomes study in May 1997 with the goal to utilize data to improve health care for patients with asthma. Newly diagnosed patients (adult and pediatric) are given surveys prepared by the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology initially and on subsequent visits quarterly and at sick visits. These surveys assess changes in a patient's health status based on clinical, humanistic and economic measures. This "real world" data can be used to show which treatments and practice patterns best maximize patient satisfaction as well as improve functional status and quality of life. Specifically the surveys and eventual data when it is analyzed should help guide the educational and medical management of the patient. We intend to show by our outcomes monitoring the need for repetitive teaching by the R.T. of MDI and PF techniques, diary keeping, teaching understanding of the different functions of asthma medications and inhalers, the role of triggers and trigger control, and the importance of routine follow-up either by clinic visit or by the respiratory therapist doing phone follow-up, in maintaining a quality asthma program. This will decrease patient need for overutilization of the health care system, i.e., expensive ER visits, missed school/work days, etc. Furthermore it is our intention to expand the concept of outcomes analysis from a study into an ongoing program for our clinic. This would directly benefit our patients by providing continuous feedback regarding the quality of our asthma education program with ongoing measureable outcomes.
The 44th International Respiratory Congress Abstracts-On-Disk®, November 7 - 10, 1998, Atlanta, Georgia.