Asthma Education Program
Living with Asthma
Our asthma education programs can help you learn successful techniques to better manage your disease. This requires a take-charge approach that includes:
Understanding the nature of the disease and the normal function of the lungs
Appropriate use of medications
Daily measurement of airflow (peak flow monitoring)
Identifying the triggers that cause attacks
Handling an acute episode
Developing treatment plans that work
What You Can Expect
As a first step, we conduct a complete patient history to ensure an accurate diagnosis and to assist with an asthma severity classification. Our assessment addresses asthma knowledge, trigger recognition and trigger avoidance, family and social history and a sample asthma action plan that includes individual goals and treatments for achieving optimal outcomes. Pulmonary function testing is also completed if it has not previously been done.
Additionally, you will be given an asthma knowledge quiz, followed by a quality of life survey. You will be provided with a valve-holding chamber (spacer) and a peak flow meter following proper technique review and return demonstration.
Both individual and group education sessions are available and are provided over a consecutive six month period. We provide ongoing follow-up and support.
The program is covered by most insurance plans. A physician referral is required.
If you or someone you love has asthma, talk with your doctor about a referral to Ellis Medicine’s Asthma Education Program. If you would like more information, please call us at 518.347.LUNG (5864).