Asthma is a chronic condition associated with increased pediatric morbidity and health care utilization in the United States. Asthma affects over 6 million children in the United States and is associated with increased hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits.
There are specific, evidence-based clinical interventions that can help improve disease morbidity, decrease health care utilization and improve quality of life. However, it is difficult to improve the quality of care without validated quality of care measures. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of validated pediatric quality measures for asthma. The overarching goal of this project is to use a multidisciplinary approach to assess the feasibility and usability of new asthma quality measures developed by the Pediatric Quality Measures Program-Centers of Excellence (PQMP-COE). Innovative pediatric practices in California will be participating in asthma quality improvement to improve care for children.