Call-Center Based Disease Management of Pediatric Asthmatics
Annual rept. 15 Mar 2004-14 Mar 2005
GENEVA FOUNDATION TACOMA WA
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The purpose of this study is to examine a population-based intervention using preventive measures of a remote call-based asthma disease management program utilizing proactive education and monitoring. This intervention will be compared to a control population of pediatric asthma patients receiving printed education materials and usual care at three DoD military treatment facilities in a similar geographic region. Comparison will be made to examine differences in patient and caregiver quality of life QOL, disease severity as measured by reduced inhaled short acting beta agonist use, pulmonary function as measured by peak flow and spirometry FEVI, and Emergency Department visits and hospital admissions. To date the study has obtained IRB approval, established and utilized the contracting organization to hire study staff and reimburse the selected disease management DM firm. Needed supplies and equipment were purchased. A research database was created. Rollout procedures visits to the sites and DM firm were completed as were subsequent quality assurance visits. The study population was identified, recruited and enrollment was completed with 451 patients. 398 patients completed the study and final data acquisition and analysis are underway.
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