This project evaluated the effectiveness of a community-based asthma education program in British Columbia. The project’s goal was to assess the feasibility of the education program and to measure the outcomes, including the number of hospitalizations, emergency visits, and physician visits. The study randomly selected community groups, and patients were randomized into education groups to learn self-monitoring, the role of medications, signs of poor asthma control, and so on. Detailed outcomes of this project were not expected until the summer of 2001. Early indications were that enrolled patients benefited from participation. The project recommends that all patients with asthma be encouraged to obtain education regardless of the severity of their condition and that asthma educators be recognized as part of the health care team.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.