Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Illinois (cont'd)
The Infant Welfare Society's Asthma Management Project
The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago
Dennis Vickers, MD, MPH
The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago's Asthma Management Project for At-Risk Children screens patients 0-19 years for asthma (targeting primarily Hispanics), provides comprehensive medical treatment to those diagnosed with the condition, and educates patients and their parents. Before symptoms arise, parents receive information about preventing them by eliminating triggers in the home. When a child is diagnosed the program provides medication for both maintenance and relief, supplies to help the family monitor the severity of symptoms, and thorough education. The aim is to diminish the impact of this chronic condition on the daily lives of young patients and enable them to participate in all activities.
As of April 2005 the program has improved attendance to scheduled (well) office visits, medication use, and change in clinical actions (healthcare provider). In addition, the program has improved patient and caregiver knowledge of asthma.
The program attributes its success to the nurse educators that work with the families to effectively manage the child's asthma.
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