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Asthma Management and Education

Asthma Management and Education, is a 2-hour program that recognizes the critical role allied health professionals play in educating and caring for the patient with asthma and allergies. Attendees earn continuing education credits while learning the latest information on the pathophysiology of asthma and allergy; current treatment methods; effective techniques for patient education; ways to prevent asthma episodes; and hands-on experience with peak flow meters and demonstration of medication delivery devices.

The importance of establishing a patient/clinician partnership for asthma management and patient education is also emphasized.  The program reflects the most current standards from the 2007 National Asthma Education and Prevention Program’s (NAEPP) Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

Program Goals

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of establishing a patient/clinician partnership for asthma management and patient education.
  • Discuss the importance of inflammation in the pathophysiology of asthma.
  • Identify strategies to reduce exposure to environmental triggers associated with asthma.
  • Identify the classifications and purpose of commonly prescribed asthma medications.
  • Describe the use of peak flow and asthma symptom monitoring the development of an asthma action plan.
Program Outline

I. Introduction
II. Asthma: An Overview
III. Factors Contributing to Asthma Severity
IV. Medications
V. Peak Flow Meters
VI. Patient/Clinician Partnership 

Program Materials

Attendees receive a peak flow meter, the Summary Report of the 2007 NHLBI Guidelines, and a program packet containing valuable resources and a copy of the program’s slide presentation for note taking.

Program Development

This program was developed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America in 1992.  Since the program began, more than 9,000 health professionals have received the specialized training from nurses and respiratory therapists with extensive experience providing professional-level asthma education. 

Faculty Members

The faculty consists of allied health professionals with years of expertise in pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, allergy/immunology, and pulmonology.  All faculty members have received special training to teach this continuing education course.

Jeanette Arnold, C-FNP
B. Gwen Carlton, DNP, FNP-BC, AE-C
Kathleen Conboy-Ellis, RN, PhD, MHA, CPNP, AE-C
Don J. Cui, PA-C, AE-C
Maureen R. George, RN, MSN, PhD, CS, AE-C
Carol Lilley, RN, BSN
Jan Tippett, RN, AE-C

Continuing Education

This program has been approved for 2.6 continuing education credits by the Maryland Nurses Association and 2 CRCE credits by the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC).

This program is offered throughout the United States through AAFA chapters and through meetings of professional organizations. For more information on this educational opportunity, please call 1-800-7-ASTHMA, ext. 234 or email Jacqui@aafa.org  

To find a program in your area, visit our registration website: aafaprograms.hbp.com.

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