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This is a quality-improvement project designed to develop and implement evidence-based algorithms to improve and standardize care, and thus impact control and confidence measures.
In an effort to continue with an innovative and creative learning atmosphere, the team has and will continue to devote time to learning new creativity processes.
The team ran several PDSA cycles to assess the need for, acceptability and readability of various tools.
The team continued to maintain its high level, evidence-based medical and behavioral care. It led to the development of the Teen Health Center’s Epic asthma work. By year end 54.2% of patients had achieved good asthma control.
The efforts around this initiative were intended to understand why patients’ asthma was not well controlled and develop interventions to help improve their control.
Through clinical experience and more formal research methods (User Centered Design), the team recognized the impact hardships (i.e., financial, mental health) had on asthma management. We determined from our patients and by working with social services from across the hospital that inability to obtain needed medications, transportation problems, and mental health problems were the most prevalent and serious problems affecting families’ ability to meet medical needs. Therefore, we selected three major areas to address:
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