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The Electronic Asthma Management System (eAMS)

Description: The eAMS engages patients with asthma to complete a pre-visit questionnaire through a web portal or app and processes this information to give providers guideline-based advice to optimize therapy, personalized to each individual patient, through easy-to-use prompts built into their electronic medical record system. The eAMS also creates a self-management asthma action plan, which patients can access through their app or web portal anytime, anywhere. This empowers patients to self-manage their asthma, improving their symptoms and helping them to avoid asthma flare-ups and urgent healthcare visits.

Severe Asthma Toolkit

Description: An online educational and practical resource for clinicians caring for people with severe asthma. The toolkit is designed for clinicians in primary and specialist care, in both private and public clinic settings. It covers the following topics: What is severe asthma; Diagnosis and Assessment; Management; Medications; Co-Morbidities; Living with Severe Asthma; Establishing a Clinic; and Paediatrics.

Severe and Difficult to Control Asthma Referral Tool

Description: The Severe and Difficult to Control Asthma Referral Tool is intended to help healthcare practitioners determine whether patients require an asthma referral based on medication, control, and Canadian Thoracic Society Asthma Control criteria.

Respiratory Medications Reference

Description: The Lung Health Foundation’s Respiratory Medications Reference provides a comprehensive overview of various respiratory medications for clinicians. It offers information on drugs based upon purpose, minimum age, maximum daily dose, and other indicators.

Respiratory Medications for Inhalation Available in Canada

Description: The Lung Health Foundation’s Respiratory Medications for Inhalation Available in Canada categorizes respiratory medications for inhalation based upon availability, dose, device, dose counter features, and price. Relevant to Ontario-based clinicians, it also includes coverage through the Ontario Drug Benefit.

Provider Asthma Assessment Form (PAAF)

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.

Patient Decision Aid: Inhalers for Asthma

Description: Healthcare providers can use this decision aid to help people with asthma make informed decisions about their choice of inhaler in relation to its contribution to climate change. The information is consistent with the NICE guideline on asthma and the SIGN/BTS guideline on asthma and is based on the best available evidence.

My Asthma Diary

Description: My Asthma Diary is a helpful self-management tool developed by Lung Sask. Patients can use the asthma diary to record their information, symptoms, medication use, peak flow meter readings, and asthma triggers.

Mild Asthma Decision Aid (Patients and Care Providers)

Description: The Mild Asthma Decision Aid is a tool designed to engage patients with asthma and their care providers in discussions about current asthma treatment options. The tool helps them to reach a shared decision on treatment that is based on scientific evidence and each individual patient’s goals and preferences.

Initial Management of Pediatric Asthma in Emergent/Urgent Care Settings: Part Two

Description: The Initial Management of Pediatric Asthma in Emergent/Urgent Care Settings: Part Two publication is a document that outlines recommendations for the initial management of pediatric patients presenting to emergent/urgent care settings with acute asthma exacerbations. This guideline provides recommended actions based on the use of the Pediatric Respiratory Assessment Measure.