Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Colorado (cont'd)
Asthma/COPD Case Management
Parkview Medical Center
Nanci Parkhurst, RRT
In 1999 the Asthma/COPD Case Management Program was developed by Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado to improve the lives of people with asthma.
A respiratory therapist meets with a participant (all ages) four to five times in person for one-on-one sessions to discuss basic facts about asthma, medications, equipment and use, environmental control measures and identifying and avoiding triggers, and when and how to take rescue actions. Sessions occur in the participant's home or at the program office in the hospital. After the in person one-on-one sessions are complete the respiratory therapist follows-up with the participant every three months by phone to discuss the topics noted above and to report on the participant's progress. The respiratory therapist manages each participant for approximately one year.
The Asthma/COPD Case Management Program also conducts smoking cessation classes, one time group sessions (one for any age and another for ages four to 10 years), and one-time educational sessions in schools for students with asthma, teachers and school nurses.
The 2004 health outcomes evaluation showed improvement in hospitalizations, emergency department visits and use of an asthma action plan.
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