Nursing: Alternative Therapies for Asthma

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About the Course

This course provides an overview of the implications of alternative therapies for asthma management.  Alternative therapy is any healing practice that is not considered part of conventional, mainstream medicine.  Healthcare professionals have a responsibility to provide individuals who use other therapies with accurate information about the safety and potential adverse interactions with traditional medical care. Alternative therapies may influence the delivery of medical care, so it is important to ask about a history of alternative therapy use in the assessment. It is imperative that the person with asthma understand the risks and benefits of alternative treatments, which ones have evidence-based effectiveness, and the need to maintain medical management and follow-up to ensure good asthma outcomes.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with the course Asthma Management in Children and Adults, 2nd Edition.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • State the prevalence of the use of alternative therapies to treat asthma.
  • Discuss the alternative therapies most commonly used by people with asthma and their roles in therapy.
  • Recognize potential benefits and risks associated with alternative therapies.
  • Discuss the financial impact of complementary and alternative therapies on the individual and the healthcare system.
  • Discuss the educational components the healthcare provider needs to provide for the person with asthma.

About the Author:
Judith Quaranta, PhD, RN, CPN, AE-C, FNAP

Judith Quaranta, PhD, RN, CPN, AE-C, FNAP, is an Assistant Professor in the Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University. She received her PhD from the Decker School of Nursing, with her dissertation focusing on asthma management of school nurses. Dr. Quaranta’s research focus is on barriers and facilitators for asthma management. As a trainer for the American Lung Association’s Open Airways for Schools curriculum, she has worked collaboratively with the Broome County Health Department, the Asthma Coalition of the Southern Tier, United Health Services Hospital, and the local American Lung Association to implement this program in local schools. Through integration of Open Airways into course content, undergraduate nursing students teach the program, allowing for sustainability of Open Airways and providing access to asthma self-management education.  Dr. Quaranta has been a pediatric nurse since 1979, received her certification in pediatric nursing in 1995, and earned her asthma educator certification in 2009. In April 2017, she was inducted into the National Academies of Practice of Nursing as a Distinguished Fellow for her work with asthma, with a focus on interprofessional collaboration.  Dr. Quaranta has received Individual Development Awards from Binghamton University, as well as a Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence Award to further her research in asthma. She has presented at multiple national conferences on the topic of asthma and self-management, has also authored manuscripts for numerous journals including the Journal of School Nursing, Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators, Online Journal of Rural Nursing, Journal of Family Social Work, and Journal of Interprofessional Care, and authored chapters in textbooks on research and community and public health.

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