Module D: Treatments

CE Credits: 1.5

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Good asthma management depends on care from a whole team—including primary care physicians, specialists, This module covers the range of treatment and management options for asthma patients. It begins by looking at basic asthma therapy goals (such as reducing severity of symptoms and minimizing asthma’s effect on a patient’s activities) and how the “step-wise” approach can help patients find the right balance of treatments.

Next, the module details the different kinds of medication—short-term, long-term and alternative treatments—and how each type can help different asthma patients’ needs. The module finishes by exploring some special circumstances—sports, pregnancy, and surgery—and how they present unique challenges to asthma management.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Describe asthma therapy goals
» Identify a stepwise approach to asthma therapy management
» Discuss the use of quick relief or rescue medications in asthma management
» Describe the importance of long-term control medication in asthma management
» Review other and adjunct asthma control medications
» Describe management steps for other special circumstances associated with managing asthma

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Advance your professional practice: As we help educate asthma patients about the best treatment plans for them, it’s vital that we understand the ins and out of different medications and their best uses for asthma. When we can help patients make smart choices about their treatment, we can ensure that they are getting the right care at the right time.

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Improve organizational performance: Poorly managed asthma can result in unnecessary ER visits and hospitalizations. When the entire multidisciplinary team—such as physicians, case managers (CMs), respiratory therapists and pharmacists—work together to get patients the best care for their level of asthma, we can help them mitigate any asthma exacerbations and avoid unnecessary complications.