Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Illinois (cont'd)
FirstAir Asthma Education Program
Northwestern University Medical School/ Bank One
Wayne N. Burton, MD
Non-occupational asthma is a common disease affecting approximately 6% of the US population. Asthma accounts for an estimated 3 million workdays lost each year in the United States and for reduced employee job productivity. Although asthma disease management programs are relatively common in managed care organizations, they generally have not been offered at the workplace.
A total of 168 employees with asthma were identified, and 76 participated in Bank One's (now a JPMorgan Chase company) FirstAir Asthma Education Program in Chicago, IL. Participants attended five one-hour educational classes during lunch. Classes were conducted by a nurse asthma specialist. Topics of discussion include triggers, warning signs of attacks, use and care of equipment, medications, handling emergencies, and keeping an asthma diary.
Health outcomes data was collected at baseline, post-program (2 months), 4 months, and 12 months. After the program, significantly more employees reported using controller medications (the desired behavior) rather than reliever medications, change in clinical actions (provider behavior) improved, and school/work loss declined.
Bank One's FirstAir Asthma Education Program ended in 1999.
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