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Downloadable package to be integrated with EMRs available through registration on AsthmaLife

Description: The Provider Asthma Assessment Form (PAAF) is a point of care asthma management tool for primary care EMRs. It is adapted from the LHF asthma care map and includes the PRESTINE asthma data elements, asthma performance indicators, and an algorithm to identify severe uncontrolled asthma. To date, it is implemented in OSCAR at the Queen’s Family Health Team.

Owner/Author: Dr. M. D. Lougheed and the Asthma Research Unit, Kingston Health Science Center at Queen's University
Patient Population: Adult
Format: EMR integrated software tool, Website
Relevant Quality Statements: Diagnosis, Referral to Specialized Asthma Care

Decision Support Guidance

Who might use this tool?

  • Primary Care/Family Physicians
  • General Practitioners
  • Pediatricians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Respiratory Educators
  • Nurses
  • Allergists

When might they use this tool?

  • In everyday clinic for asthma managment, especially when attempting to confirm mild, moderate, or severe diagnosis of asthma
  • When supporting a patient with asthma management
  • When considering to refer to a specialist for severe and/or uncontrolled asthma

Why might they use this tool?

  • To use an EMR-optimized asthma charting tool in primary care practice for asthma diagnosis and continued management
  • To access integrated decision support and aids in confirming:
    • Objective asthma diagnosis (i.e., spirometry, methacholine challenge)
    • Appropriate medication dosing
    • Severe and/or uncontrolled asthma
    • When referring to a specialist would be appropriate for severe/uncontrolled asthma
  • To practice performance evaluation and quality insurance
  • To access a simplified point-of-care form to diagnosis, manage and address patients’ asthma

What are important considerations when using this tool?

  • This tool can be integrated into EMR systems
  • This tool can be used for quality improvement and continued surveillance of asthma management practices
  • This tool complies validated Primary Care Asthma Performance Indicators (PC-APIs)
  • This tool is congruent with CTS asthma care guidelines, Primary Care Asthma Performance Indicators, and is adapted from the LHF Asthma Care Map

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