Award Date

5-1-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing (ND)

Department

Nursing

First Committee Member

Patricia Alpert

Second Committee Member

Sheniz Moonie

Third Committee Member

Susan VanBeuge

Number of Pages

97

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to improve asthma management through focused staff education and training on national asthma guideline recommendations. The Student Health Center (SHC), located in a university in the southwest United States, performed annual reviews of asthma-related electronic medical records (EMR) in an effort to provide quality health care. These reviews used 23 quality improvement (QI) parameters extracted from the 2007 National Asthma Education and Preventive Program Expert Panel Report 3 (NAEPP EPR 3). The SHC QI findings were consistent with current asthma management literature indicating asthma control is often overestimated and undertreated. This project (a) provided the SHC staff with ongoing education on the national guidelines for improved evidence based asthma management and (b) measured changes in asthma care as reflected in the EMRs. The annual asthma QI data reviewed in June 2010 established a baseline for comparison and noted weak areas for focused staff education. Two asthma EMR reviews were conducted in Spring 2011 and in the Fall 2011. The Fall results demonstrated statistically significant improvement from both the baseline review and the Spring 2011 review. Therefore, staff education is an effective method for improving asthma diagnosis and management at the SHC.

Keywords

Advanced practice nurse; APN; Asthma – Treatment; Asthmatics – Medical care; Continuous quality improvement; Nurse practitioners; Quality improvement

Disciplines

Nursing

Language

English


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