National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Working Group Report on the Quality of Asthma Care

Linda Headrick*, Ellen Crain, David Evans, Morgan N. Jackson, Barbara H. Layman, Robert M. Bogin, Mark Young, Kevin B. Weiss

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The quality of asthma care is the second topic of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Task Force Report on the Cost Effectiveness, Quality of Care, and Financing of Asthma Care. This working group recommended an asthma continuous quality improvement model as an appropriate framework for examining the quality of asthma care. This model can be implemented by various organizations and providers of care in a variety of settings. The framework consists of four steps: (1) define the opportunity for improvement, (2) set the asthma quality improvement goals (outcomes), (3) characterize the process of care, and (4) begin the improvement cycle. Several case studies are presented to illustrate the use of this model in various settings, including managed care facilities, emergency departments, teaching hospitals, physician's offices, schools, workplaces, and communities. In addition, the appendix provides an overview of asthma outcome measures in the framework of patient-centered versus organizationally based perspectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Issue number3 II SUPPL.
StatePublished - Oct 10 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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