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Asthma Program

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.

Outcomes Measured

  • 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.

Findings

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.

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