Description: This tool synthesizes content from the Asthma Care in the Community for People Under 16 Years of Age quality standard from Ontario Health. It is intended for use by health care providers and caregivers. It covers all six of the quality statements, including: confirming a diagnosis of asthma in children and adolescents, asthma management; referral to specialized pediatric asthma care, and follow-up after discharge.
Decision Support Guidance
Who might use this tool?
- Primary Care Practitioners
- Respiratory Care Specialists (e.g., Registered Respiratory Therapists, Respirologists, Sleep Technologists)
- Nurse Educators
When might they use this tool?
- In a clinical setting/ during patient visit
- When developing a program
- When engaging in quality improvement activities
- When in need of a quick reference tool
Why might they use this tool?
- To provide high-quality asthma care
- To access a quick reference for suggested evidence-based approaches to asthma care:
- Confirming diagnosis
- Referral and follow-up after discharge
What are important considerations when using this tool?
- The placemat (summary) is a quick reference guide for clinicians and is to be used in partnership with the associated quality standard
- This tool includes important quality improvement tools and resources at the end of the document (i.e., webinar links, measurement indicators and guidance, action plans and healthcare provider educational tools)
- This tool provides a link to Quorum: Ontario Health’s online community for those working on or interested in health care quality improvement, which also includes a more fulsome list of tools and resources (beyond what is captured in the summary/placemat)
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