Administered: Fall and spring semester (four times annually)
Target Population: U of A students who have been diagnosed with Asthma
Participation Rate: 30 - 40 patients/year
A specialized program designed to assist newly diagnosed or established Asthma patients who are members of the U of A student population in the management of their health.
- Identify, refer and instruct appropriate asthma patients on how to better manage their disease through a comprehensive educational program with an objective of reducing the incidence of flare-ups and demand for urgent/emergent services.
Offered four times per year, this program has reportedly helped 30 asthma patients in the past year reduce their use of urgent/emergent services and decrease the frequency of visits to their health care providers.
Changes Made on Basis of Findings
Resulted in 30 newly diagnosed or established asthma patients (U of A students) this past year to participate in one of four intensive educational sessions offered by physicians, nurses and pharmacists on how to better manage their disease.
Increased compliance with medication administration/use.
Reduced the number of patient visits for chronic condition-related health care in this newly educated/refreshed population – self reported lower utilization and greater ability to attend classes.