Access Carroll: community asthma education initiative.
Journal Of The American Academy Of Nurse Practi... 23(7):357 (2011)
Grant funding from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation was used to develop a community asthma education initiative for patients at Access Carroll. This initiative provided asthma education and supplies to current patients seen at the free healthcare clinic. While the focus was on patient education, the majority of funds were used to purchase supplies, including bronchodilators, spacer devices, nebulizers, and peak flow meters.
Using an asthma self-management and symptom control questionnaire, data were collected before and after the asthma education program.
While on a small scale, this project was deemed successful by increasing patient asthma treatment awareness, improving patient quality of life, and reducing emergency department visits for the patients at Access Carroll.
Using specific tools to assess asthma treatment knowledge and current self-perception of asthma control can help healthcare professionals quantify patients' symptoms and specify areas of augmentation in asthma understanding.
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