Nursing: Managing Asthma in Adults

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About the Course

Asthma is a major public health issue.  While asthma is a life-long disease, with proper management, symptoms can remain under control with little to no impact on quality of life.  Asthma management is lacking within the U.S. healthcare system, as evidenced by increasing hospitalizations and emergency room visits.  To prevent the adverse events of asthma exacerbations, leading to work and school days missed, emergency room visits and hospitalizations, health care providers need to be able to assist the patient with self-management. This course presents the unique features of asthma and asthma management in adults, particularly, the older adult.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program and Global Initiative for Asthma guidelines for asthma management.
  • Discuss the effects of misperception of asthma symptoms on asthma control.
  • Describe the different types of asthma seen in adults.
  • Identify comorbid/exacerbating conditions that can affect asthma care in the adult.
  • Identify adverse effects from non-asthma medications in the adult with asthma.

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

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 Train the 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.  In April 2017, she was inducted into the National Academies of Practice of Nursing as a Distinguished Fellow for her work with asthma.  Dr. Quaranta received Individual Development Awards from Binghamton University and a Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence Award to further her research in asthma. She has presented at national conferences on the topic of asthma and self-management and has written for 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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