Module B: Assessments & Care

CE Credits: 1.5

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This module explores the first vital step of asthma management: getting a thorough diagnosis and regular assessments. This module first covers the key factors in an accurate asthma diagnosis—from clinical history to respiration function tests. Next, it looks at how one classifies the severity of asthma, as well as the distinctions and complexities in evaluating an asthma diagnosis in both children and older adults.
Finally, the module details the different external factors (from tobacco smoke to allergens and workplace issues) that can exacerbate asthma, and how healthcare professionals can establish a productive management plan for their asthma patients.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Review the basic components of an asthma diagnostic work-up
» Describe the classification of asthma severity
» Discuss the diagnosis of asthma in children
» Describe the diagnosis of asthma in adults
» Identify exacerbating factors associated with asthma
» Discuss effective asthma management and value based care

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Advance your professional practice: Despite its prevalence, asthma is often misdiagnosed in patients, preventing them from getting the care they need to control their condition. When we understand the best methods for diagnosing asthma we can get patients the most efficient care at the right time and at the right level.

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Improve organizational performance: Since asthma can lead to many ER visits and hospitalizations, it’s vital that every member of our team understands the best ways to diagnose asthma, so that we can help patients start an appropriate management plan, both to control symptoms and avoid complications.