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Community-based care coordination effective for real world asthma management programs
Date:11/9/2011

e coordination model. This approach contributed to overall improvements in health outcomes and reduction of disease burden. Specific findings include:
  • Most sites cut the rate of emergency room visits and asthma-related hospitalizations by at least half
  • Asthma-related school absences were reduced in at least 80 percent of children across all sites
  • Nearly all parents or caregivers of children with asthma felt empowered and more confident in their ability to control their child's disease and had taken steps to reduce environmental triggers in the home
  • More than two-thirds of children with asthma had received action plans from their healthcare provider(s)

"For more than half a decade, MCAN has been implementing childhood asthma management programs in some of the country's most at-risk and challenged communities to see if we can make a difference on the ground," said Dr. Floyd Malveaux, Executive Director of MCAN and former Dean of the College of Medicine at Howard University. "The good news is that our programs work community-based approaches that are scientifically sound can empower people to participate in improving the health of children. Demonstration of the success of these approaches increases the likelihood that programs like these will be sustained for years to come."

The following elements led to the success of these community-based care coordination interventions and helped reduce the burden of asthma on children and their families:

  • Adaptation of Existing Evidence-based Interventions: In most cases, the program sites implemented a comprehensive care model that incorporated elements from one or more of these well-documented evidence-based interventions: Yes We Can, Inner-City Asthma Study (ICAS) and the National Cooperative Inner-City Asthma Study (NCICAS). Adaptations were made based on factors unique to each community, including care delivery setting, demographics and barriers to accessing qual
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Contact: Kimberly Wise
kwise@ccapr.com
202-609-6015
The Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc.
Source:Eurekalert

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