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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: North Carolina (cont’d)Back to Index

Asthma Self-Management Program (ASMP)

Glaxo Wellcome, Inc

Research Triangle Park, NC

Louise O. Zimmer, MA

loz73211@glaxowellcome.com

The Asthma Self-Management Program (ASMP) for adults with asthma was developed with support from Glaxo Wellcome, Inc., in Research Triangle Park, NC. The program was evaluated in 1996.

Participants in a variety of health plans, clinics, and employer groups were invited to participate in the ASMP, an education program designed to improve self-management skills and daily functioning in individuals with asthma. The ASMP is an eight-week classroom program that provides information on the respiratory system, trigger avoidance, use of monitoring techniques and asthma medications. After program completion, graduates were contacted at scheduled intervals to reinforce performance of behaviors that are important to asthma self-management and to collect outcomes data.

The two-year follow-up data showed that the ASMP had a positive impact on emergency department visits, unscheduled (sick) office visits, work loss, symptoms (such as sleep loss), and functional status.

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