Title

Improving Evidence-Based Asthma Management in an Urban University Student Health Center

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This project assessed for improvement of asthma management through focused staff education and training based on national asthma guideline recommendations. Participants: The health care providers and staff at a university student health center. Methods: performed annual reviews of asthma-related electronic medical records to measure changes in provider practices. The reviews used 23 quality improvement parameters extracted from the 2007 National Asthma Education and Preventive Program Expert Panel Report 3 (NAEPP EPR 3). Results: Demonstrated statistically significant improvement from both the baseline review and the spring 2011 review. Staff education was effective for improving asthma diagnosis and management. Conclusion: Findings from this study confirm current thinking that asthma control is often overestimated and undertreated. This project demonstrated the need for (a) ongoing education on the national guidelines for improved evidence-based asthma management and (b) periodic measurement of changes in asthma care.