Asthma Information

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

PACE programPhysician Asthma Care Education Program (PACE)

The PACE program is a two-part, interactive, multimedia educational seminar designed to improve physician use of communication and therapeutic techniques to reduce the effects of asthma on children and their families.

It also provides instruction on how to document, code, and improve asthma counseling reimbursement. PACE has been found in two rigorous studies to be highly effective. Physicians who participated in PACE spent no more time with their patients than other physicians but were more likely to inquire about patients' concerns, encourage physical activity, and set goals for treatment. Patients of participating physicians had fewer days affected by asthma symptoms and fewer emergency room visits.



EPR-3 Summary ReportExpert Panel Report 3 (EPR-3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma - Summary Report 2007

The EPR-3 Summary Report 2007 provides key information from the latest full report on the diagnosis and management of asthma. The summary covers measures of assessment and monitoring, education for a partnership in asthma care, control of environmental factors and comorbid conditions that affect asthma, and medications. Key tables and figures from the full report are included for easy reference.



resource Blueprint for Asthma-Friendly Communities

Written by RAND’s Marielena Lara, this very readable Improving Childhood Asthma Outcomes in the United States: A Blueprint for Policy Action (PDF) is a clear call to action for all those who form a child’s health care continuum, from schools and legislators to parents and health care providers.

Improving Childhood Asthma Outcomes in the United States: A Blueprint for Policy Action

A Blueprint for Policy Action: A Description of Group Process Methods Used to Generate Committee Recommendations

Research Highlights: How to Improve Childhood Asthma Outcomes

A Blueprint for Policy Action, reprint in Pediatrics

resource Allies Supplement to Health Promotion Practice

The April 2006 supplement to the journal Health Promotion Practice chronicles the evolution of the Allies coalitions and offers tips on the logic and processes of coalition work. These articles assess accomplishments as well as draw lessons from the Allies coalitions' efforts to form and maintain coalitions and implement strategies.

Download a PDF of the first article from the supplement for free: Community Coalitions to Control Chronic Disease: Allies Against Asthma as a Model and Case Study. To purchase the supplement articles, please contact the SAGE Journals Customer Service department at or by calling 1-800-818-7243.

resource Improving Asthma Care for Children: Best Practices in Medicaid Managed Care

This 48-page toolkit details the strategies and results of the health plans involved in the IACC initiative. Produced in July 2006 by the Center for Healthcare Strategies, the Improving Asthma Care for Children: Best Practices in Medicaid Managed Care toolkit covers subjects such as: measuring quality improvement results, outreach and intervention strategies for plan members and providers, innovative reimbursement models, and online resources. Many of the techniques can also be applied to improving asthma care for adults.

resource Emergency Department Demonstration Program Supplement to Pediatrics

The April 2006 supplement to the journal Pediatrics, entitled Enhancing the Role of the Emergency Department in the Identification and Management of Childhood Asthma, includes seven articles from EDDP researchers and expert commentary that call for changes in the way chronic disease is handled in the emergency department.


Patient Education

So You Have Asthma The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has created materials that help people cope with their asthma. Visit the So You Have Asthma Home page for more information.




Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Resources

Grant Reports

Improving Asthma Care for Children

Managing Pediatric Asthma: Emergency Department Demonstration Program

Government Agencies

National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)


The Joint Commission

Children’s Asthma Care (CAC) Performance Measure Set (2/2007)

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI)

American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Consumer Groups

Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

American Lung Association

Other Funders

Merck Childhood Asthma Network