Air Quality: Solution 3 – Asthma Action Plan
Image: Adapted from Community Care of North Carolina, “Asthma Action Plan”
Big Idea: Asthma action plans are helpful tools when informing your patients and their families about asthma triggers and strategies for reducing exposure to them.
- The National Institutes of Health recommends, in each meeting with an asthma patient, that health professionals explain basic facts about asthma, describe patient skills, such as steps for reducing or eliminating environmental exposures that worsen asthma, and the role of medication and following an asthma action plan. Surprisingly, nearly half of all children with asthma in North Carolina have never been given an asthma action plan.
- These plans are recommended to make sure that everyone is on the same page about ways to address asthma symptoms, medications, and environmental exposures that trigger asthma attacks.
- Different health care providers use different asthma action plans. Regardless of what is in the plan, every asthma patient should have one. In the resources section, you will find a link to the template of an asthma action plan developed by the National Institutes of Health.