Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Illinois (cont'd)
Asthma Care Program
Central DuPage Hospital
Joyce Masterton, RN, MS
The Asthma Care Program of Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL was implemented in 1996 to optimize care for all asthmatics (5-18 years) and their families served by Central DuPage Health. The program's vision is to become the model organization in creating and sustaining a comprehensive community-focused chronic illness management program for asthma in Illinois.
The program has two components. The first is asthma education and case management in the inpatient and outpatient settings (for both children and adults) by an asthma educator and respiratory therapist. Education sessions are comprehensive and include asthma pathophysiology, triggers, activity level, peak flow monitoring, medications, and asthma action plan. Each patient receives mailings inviting them to attend outpatient asthma classes and events. The second program component is provider education. These education lectures cover the same topics as the patient sessions. Providers are also provided a skills competency/validation class.
Evaluations to date indicate a positive impact on the following health outcomes: hospital utilization, emergency department visits, urgent care visits, medication use, and peak flow meter use. Other positive findings include decreased missed work and school days, increase sense of control, and increased symptom-free days.
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