Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Connecticut (cont'd)
ACE: Asthma Control and Education Program
Scott A. Wolf, DO
The Asthma Control and Education Program (ACE) in Hartford, CT was established in 1997. It is a unique collaborative partnership between Hartford Hospital's primary care providers, local community agencies and the City of Hartford Health Department to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to adult asthma management. ACE emphasizes prevention and health maintenance through education that fosters partnerships among the patient, their family and clinicians, rather than disease treatment alone.
A Nurse Education Coordinator oversees the education of patients. Every patient referred to ACE will have an intake visit lasting one-hour which includes demographic data, asthma specific history, current medication use, smoking history, severity assessment, environmental assessment, immunization/testing information, knowledge assessment, goal setting, referrals, and plan for follow-up. In addition, spirometry and functional status is assessed. There are follow-up educational sessions that focus on understanding asthma as a chronic inflammatory disease, trigger identification, medication and spacer use, and zone management.
Since the ACE program began the following has been reserved: significantly lower emergency resource utilization, lower inpatient admission rate, improved functional status, and an overall improvement in quality of life.
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