Asthma in the Primary Care Practice by Mamta Reddy, MD – CMEs available
Asthma Tobacco and Control by Dr. Albee Budnitz – CMEs available
Improving Asthma Management Series
Webinar series for health professionals to provide better care for their patients with asthma. Summaries for each webinar are listed below. Contact the NH Asthma Control Program for more information on the Improving Asthma Management Series at 603-271-0855.
Asthma Guidelines for the Way You Practice
- Explain recent updates for the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute’s Asthma Management Guidelines
- Discuss the role of Primary Care in Asthma Management.
- Identify possible areas needing enhancement regarding asthma management in your practice.
- Discuss the implications of providing in-house spirometry.
Asthma Management Tools: Gizmos and Gadgets
- Demonstrate, describe, and coach proper peak flow, MDI with spacer, and DPI technique.
- Discuss proper documentation of peak flows and asthma management plans in the patient’s record.
- Discuss application of rescuer and controller medications.
- Describe over the counter medicines and their role in asthma management.
Control of Environmental Factors that Affect Asthma
- Identify and discuss triggers/irritants contributing to acute and chronic asthma.
- Discuss inhalant allergens and environmental controls to reduce exposures.
- State the rationale for allergy testing and immunotherapy.
- Describe indoor/outdoor pollutants and irritants including ETS and ways to reduce exposure.
Asthma Action Plans
- Identify the components of an Asthma Action Plan (AAP) for patients with persistent Asthma
- Explain the need for AAPs for patients with persistent Asthma
- Discuss strategies for collaboration between health providers, community partners, and school nurses to improve systems and services for those with persistent asthma.
- Strategize how to incorporate the AAP into
Interpreting Spirometry results.
- Describe the role of spirometry in classifying asthma severity and assessing asthma control.
- Be able to identify obstruction, restriction, and inspiratory loop defects.
- Discuss important quality control measures in office spirometry.
- Explain indicators for referral outside of primary care.
Asthma Management Does Not Have to be Complicated: Practice Improvements You Can Make.
- Describe current office process for asthma care.
- Discuss adherence by the practice of sample asthma management indicators.
- Identify important elements of documentation.
- Identify organizational strategies to engage patients to participate in their care.