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Grand Rounds: Improving Asthma Outcomes in Primary Care


By Michelle M. Cloutier, MD , NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Create a framework for understanding how to implement guidelines 2. List the six major recommendations of the Guideline Implementation Panel from the NAEPP EPR-3 report: - Understand the “risk domain” and how it is used in the assessment of asthma severity - Weigh the risks and benefits of inhaled corticosteroid therapy in managing pediatric asthma. 3. Outline an approach to guideline implementation: the Easy Breathing Program.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses.

Identified Gap:

Dr. Cloutier is the designer of the Easy Breathing program that encourages comprehensive asthma management by pediatric providers for patients and parents with the goal of improving the health status of children with asthma. In addition to reducing medical care costs, the program utilizes a standardized approach to help keep asthma under control and is being rolled out to Akron Children’s Hospital physician offices with each office receiving training.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.