Background and Objectives:
Asthma is one of the most common diseases among children in the United States. Increasing provider adherence to national asthma guidelines and connecting patients to Health Homes can increase optimal asthma care. The objectives of this article are to report the results of an asthma learning collaborative and explore the role of Health Homes in contributing to its success.
Quantitative and qualitative data were collected regarding the experiences of 14 pediatric primary care practices and 6 Health Homes participating in a 9-month learning collaborative.
Practices exceeded process aims of 80% compliance with optimal asthma care and the use of an Asthma Action Plan among patients aged 2 to 21 years. Health Home care coordinators also reported improvements in self-management strategies for asthma conditions, including the presence of an Asthma Action Plan, medications, spacers, and proper spacing techniques. Providers and Health Home care coordinators identified role clarity, mitigation of environmental triggers, and management of asthma conditions as benefits of the experience.
The results of this asthma learning collaborative increased provider adherence to national guidelines and significantly improved optimal asthma care for patients. This multipronged, holistic approach to asthma care proved successful for controlling and maintaining asthma conditions among patients.