Patient Resources

Community of Asthma Coaches Helping (COACH)

Our patient asthma COACH program puts the patient at the center of the disease management team. This is accomplished by patients learning how to self-manage and take control of asthma. The patients have access to an innovative approach for achieving sustainable asthma control. This patient-centric approach allows patients to access asthma self-management information at their convenience, anytime day or night.

In addition, patients will be able to follow their symptoms and lung function with easy to follow visual feedback. This feedback allows the patient to control their asthma while reducing unplanned visits to the emergency department. In order to receive feedback for successful asthma self-management, patients can communicate with a member of our COACH team via technology including email, text, video and even live video.

It's important for all members of the health care team to be involved in the asthma patient's care in order to have the best chance of successfully achieving asthma control. As a result, physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, community health workers and care coordinators can all use the COACH program for delivering asthma self-management education. The asthma guidelines encourage the use of simple messages that focus on key components of asthma management that have the greatest impact on patient-centered outcomes.

In response to these needs, the patient asthma COACH uses a simple approach that focuses on the key components of asthma treatment guidelines. All caregivers can deliver the same standardized asthma self-management education to the patients.

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Asthma Complications in Exercise and Sports (ACES)

People with asthma may often experience exercise induced bronchoconstriction (EIB). EIB can also occur in people who have no history of asthma. The large volume of air you breathe into your lungs during exertion can dry out and irritate your airways, causing airway narrowing and making it difficult to breath. Many professional and competitive athletes can perform at very high levels when their asthma is managed effectively. Our specialists can help you achieve a personalized plan to manage your EIB symptoms in order for you to reach your exercise or competition goals.

An expert panel from the American Thoracic Society (ATS) developed clinical guidelines for treating EIB. These guidelines address a very comprehensive approach for the treatment of EIB including diagnosis, proper medications to use, non-pharmacological approaches, triggers to avoid, and issues with elite athletes. Learn about the ATS clinical guidelines.

Tips for Controlling Asthma

The Asthma Center's goal is to help you control asthma symptoms. Many people become accustomed to living with their asthma symptoms. We want to help people with asthma gain control of their breathing problems. Here are some tips for taking control of your asthma symptoms:

  • Understand your level of asthma control by taking a short Asthma Control Test. If your child is 4-11 years old, take the Childhood Asthma Control Test with your child. 
  • Make sure you take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. Also, it's very important you understand how to take your medications properly. If you need a reminder on proper use of your medications or delivery devices, visit the American Lung Association.
  • Make sure you do your best to avoid things that trigger your asthma.
  • Follow the Asthma Action Plan you developed with your provider.
  • If you need to visit the emergency department or hospital for your asthma, follow-up with your provider within the weeks after you are discharged.
  • You can help control your asthma symptoms with regular exercise and proper nutrition.
  • Obviously, avoid smoking and stay clear of second-hand smoke.

Asthma Trigger Avoidance

Learn what can trigger an asthma flare-up and how to remove these risks from your home with a series of short videos from the American Lung Association:

Research

Our Asthma Center focuses on patient-centered outcomes research that can be improved in "real-world" clinical practice. Our goal is to improve the lives of people with asthma through innovative treatment and interventions. The Asthma Center continually seeks volunteers to participate in our research studies known as clinical trials. Participants agreeing to take part in a clinical trial will receive the medical evaluations and tests free of charge. If you're interested in participating or have questions about our cutting edge research, please call 913-588-6045 or email.

Outreach

aerial view We offer educational programs for community organizations in order to have a positive impact on preventing the burden of asthma. Our outreach efforts provide organizations in our community the resources that can have a positive impact on its members who have asthma symptoms. Our goal is to help organizations improve their members awareness of strategies to help prevent asthma and EIB.

The Asthma Center serves as an extension to other health care providers. We can provide our COACH or ACE programs to help treat asthma patients who have severe asthma. Treatment can be individualized to meet the referring provider and patient's needs.

To refer a patient, please call 913-588-6045 or email