A systems approach to asthma care.Manag Care Q. 1996 Summer; 4(3):6-18.MC
This two-year asthma intervention focuses on provider education emphasizing early diagnosis of asthma, early use of oral steroids, proper use of inhalation devices, objective monitoring of patient status, and use of daily preventive treatment. Patient education is an integral part of treatment. This approach supports the primary care physician as the provider and coordinator of care by supplying monitoring and treatment devices, books, diaries, home care services, and allergy consultation. It also manifests a systems approach to asthma care in its reliance on a nurse case manager who oversees patient and family support network.