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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: California (cont'd) Back to Index

Air Wise

American Institutes for Research

Palo Alto, CA

Sandra R. Wilson, PhD

(650) 853-2898         

wilsons@pamfri.org

Air Wise was implemented in 1977. In the course of development of the Air Power program, it was noted that a subgroup of patients whose asthma had not been under adequate medical control continued to be high utilizers of medical services for asthma, especially for acute episodes requiring emergency treatment. It was concluded that these children needed more individualized instruction and a coordinated link of education and medical care. The patient, parents and health care providers were all involved in the program. The education followed a diagnostic/prescriptive approach. Specific educational needs and obstacles to self-management were identified for each patient through a brief diagnostic interview. Based on the results a prescriptive educational plan tailored to the patient's needs was developed.

A statistically and clinically significant decrease in the number of emergency room visits was noted. Air Wise was published by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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