Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: North Carolina (cont’d)
Duplin County Asthma Coalition
Duplin General Hospital
Lisa Pickett, RRT, AE-C
The purpose of the Duplin General Hospital Pediatric Asthma Program (Kenansville, NC) is to educate and provide support services for children with asthma, their families, local school systems, physicians, and civic groups based on the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.
The goal is to provide patient and families with tools, skills and information that empower them to control this disease. The objectives of the program are to decrease the need for emergency care and hospitalizations, to decrease school and childcare absences, and to improve the quality of life by allowing play and exercise without asthma symptoms.
The Pediatric Asthma Program educates children with asthma and their families about ways to control and prevent asthma episodes from occurring. The asthma case manager educates and follows up with patients in their homes, schools and childcare centers, hospital and physician offices. The program encourages a close partnership between patients and physicians. The asthma case manager works closely with physicians to develop an individual, written asthma action plan for each child.
The 2003 evaluation showed that participation in the program improved hospitalizations, emergency department visits, change in clinical action (provider behavior), and use of an asthma action plan.
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