Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Texas (cont’d)
Asthma Management Program of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
Denise M. Rebel
The Asthma Management Program (AMP) at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas was opened in November of 1997. The program works in concert with the asthma patient's primary care physician to compliment and supplement the education and monitoring of the patient. Three full-time respiratory therapists staff the program to provide 24/7 availability. The program targets children and adult with asthma.
Patients are typically referred through the emergency department, primary care physicians, and local schools involved in the outreach component of the program. At the initial visit the patient experiences an intensive one-on-one education specific to the patient's needs including definition of asthma, triggers and symptoms, asthma action plan, and use of medications, supplies and equipment. There is a two-week follow-up visit and then as needed visits based upon severity, need for medications and/or learning reinforcement. Most patients choose to continue to follow-up with the program for continued/ongoing support.
The 2000 evaluation resulted in improved hospital utilization, emergency department visits, unscheduled (sick) office visits, school absences, and work loss.
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