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The APPUC Study released a cultural competency module for asthma health care providers. The program was developed as a companion to the PACE program to improve communication between provider and patient. In particular APPUC seeks to improve awareness of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Asthma Guideline Implementation Program (GIP) priority messages. The module features a slide deck and speaker’s manual. The module was developed in conjunction with national experts, Lee Pachter, DO and Sande Okleo, MD, and our community partner Regional Asthma Management and Prevention.

APPUC is one of 13 demonstration projects funded by the National Asthma Control Initiative to design and implement innovative interventions to apply GIP Report recommendations and strategies. APPUC Part 1 addresses childhood asthma health disparities by applying a physician asthma care education training program to improve physician-patient communication in asthma care and asthma outcomes. This program includes instruction on 10 specific communication techniques, a review of key asthma messages and a review of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) asthma guidelines. Patients with limited means benefit from provider-patient communication programs, despite the fact that other barriers may affect health care outcomes (for example, poor continuity of care, poor housing conditions, family stress). Clear communication and a partnership for care are crucial to all six Guideline Implementation Program (GIP) priority messages: use of inhaled corticosteroids, development of an asthma action plan, assessment of severity, assessment of control, scheduled follow-up and allergen control. This initiative will help fulfill the National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI) goals to promote the implementation of the NHLBI guidelines into everyday practice.

Download the materials here.

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