The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2010 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

DELIVERY OF ASTHMA EDUCATION IN THE U.S.

Bill Pruitt1, Dee Mallam2; 1Cardiorespiratory Care HAHN 3137, Univ. of South Alabama, Mobile, AL; 2Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, John G Winant Jr MD – private practice, Trenton, NJ

Background: Asthma education has become an important part of the patient’s self-management. The certified asthma educator credential (AE-C) has helped formally prepare healthcare providers deliver quality education. . This study sought to determine the prevalence of asthma education delivered by those holding the AE-C and the variety of practice patterns. Methodology: We used an internet-based survey provider to distribute a 24 question survey to all the contacts in the Association of Asthma Educators (AAE) data-base (N=1,730). The data was analyzed to explore the prevalence of the AE-C credential and the practice patterns across the nation. Results: 1,730 email addresses were contacted; there were 222 responses (response rate of 12.8%). The top four disciplines responding (followed by the number holding the AE-C credential) were respiratory therapists - 73 (56), nurses- 69 (48), nurse practitioners/clinical nurse specialists- 34 (24), and community health workers - 12 (6). All 5 major national regions responded. Asthma education was given (or supervised) by a person with the AE-C credential in the majority of the responses (Yes -133, No – 70, question skipped -19). 42.6% of the respondents worked in an office/clinic environment (42.6%) followed by hospitals (32.7%), universities (8.4%) and community health (6.9%). In describing how asthma education was given, seventy-four of the respondents (33%) provided it in a 1-on-1 setting and 74% had the AE-C credential. Twenty-one (9% of the surveys) provided the education on the same day as the visit but in a separate service and 86% of these had the AE-C. Fifty-one (23% of the surveys) provided education by the healthcare practitioner as part of the overall visit (not a separate service) and twenty-five of the 51 (49%) had the AE-C. In total, of the 177 (78% of the surveys) providing asthma education, 124 individuals (70%) had the AE-C. Conclusions: This study presents baseline data describing who is delivering asthma education (by profession) and the practice settings and practice patterns being used. Sponsored Research - None