Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Virginia (cont’d)
Pediatric Asthma Quality Improvement Team
Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children
Falls Church, VA
Natalie Napolitano, BS, RRT-NPS,
Since 1998, the Pediatric Asthma Quality Improvement Team of the Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children in Falls Church, VA has promoted a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to the management of asthma for children aged 2-17.
To address the continuum of care and to emphasize disease education and self-management, the team uses the pediatric asthma disease management framework which includes identification of patients at risk, use of evidence-based practice guidelines and pathways, patient/family disease education, and monitoring and reporting of measurable outcomes. The project actively participates in other asthma programs which partner with healthcare members, outpatient providers, and the community.
The program and the evaluation of its impact on health outcomes is ongoing. Results to date indicate a positive impact on healthcare utilization, medication use, and self-management skills.
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