Asthma self-management education is essential to reducing asthma-related adverse health effects. Asthma education also improves a patient’s quality of life by reducing urgent care visits, emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and healthcare costs.1
Healthcare professionals should provide asthma self-management education to patients with asthma and their families or caregivers. This education should include a discussion of environmental triggers. In addition, every patient with asthma should be given a written asthma action plan providing instructions for daily asthma management and for recognizing and handling worsening asthma. A major emphasis of the Program is to promote guideline-based care and having an up to date asthma management plan.1 Overall in the United States, children (49%) were more likely to report having an asthma action plan compared with adults (27%).2 Vermont children had a significantly higher receipt of asthma action plans compared to children nationwide (2006-2010 combined data).3
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of Vermonters at the start of the decade and the population health indicators
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- Douglass J, et al. BMJ 2002;324:1003–5.