The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2000 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Interdisciplinary Approach to Asthma Disease Management: Using a Team Approach

Gretchen Lawrence, BA, RRT

While most of the specific references to a team approach are within Component 4: Education for a Partnership of Care (EPR 2: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. National Institutes of Health. 1997), many would agree there are components of asthma care that can and are appropriately delivered by respiratory therapists and other allied health professionals. Performing diagnostic testing (including skin testing) and developing dynamic care plans are examples. Indeed, reading through the list of experts who contributed to the development of the NAEPP guidelines themselves clearly demonstrates that it takes a team to make asthma disease management work. This speaker will present examples to illustrate that the team must be composed of more than just the primary caregiver (usually the doctor) in order to meet the goal of effective asthma symptom control.

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