Pediatric Associates participates in the Maine Health Management Coalition’s Pathways to Excellence Asthma Registry, which is designed to track, monitor, and improve the health of asthma patients. The information gathered is then reported to healthcare consumers on the Get Better Maine website. Patients diagnosed with asthma are classified as having intermittent or persistent asthma on this registry. The asthma registry is part of a quality improvement project . The benefits of the quality improvement project help lead to effective treatment plans and proactive patient care. This collaboration is designed to help asthma patients and providers reach successful outcomes that allow patients to achieve maximal pulmonary function with a reduction in acute visits and trips to the emergency department.
If your child has not had an asthma visit in the last year, please call (207) 784-5782 to schedule one as soon as possible.
Asthma Action Plans
An Asthma Action Plan will also be documented based on the results of the testing and/or at your child’s well child visits. Please bring all medications including rescue inhalers and spacer devices to these visits. An asthma action plan is a written plan that each provider will modify to adapt to your child’s needs. Your child’s plan describes how to control asthma long term AND how to handle worsening asthma, or attacks. The plan explains when to call Pediatric Associates at (207) 784-5782 or seek emergency services. If your child has asthma, all of the people who care for him or her should know about the child’s asthma action plan. These caregivers include babysitters, workers at daycare centers, teachers at schools, and counselors at camps. These caretakers can help your child follow his or her action plan.
Asthma Control Surveys
In an effort to assess your child’s asthma and how controlled it is, the practice hands out quick surveys for child to fill out at their well child visits.
The Childhood Asthma Control Test is a survey handed out to patients ages 4 to 11. It is a tool used to help providers determine if your child’s asthma symptoms are under control. Based on patient responses, the provider may suggest a variety of options to help better manage your child’s asthma.
The Asthma Control Test (ACT™) is a five question health survey used to measure asthma control in individuals 12 years of age and older. Based on patient responses, the provider may suggest a variety of options to help better manage your child’s asthma.