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An Overview of Work-Related Asthma for Primary Care Providers

Jointly provided by the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, the Tulane University School of Public Health Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, and Tulane University Center for Continuing Education

Release Date: January 1, 2019

STATEMENT OF NEED
Healthcare providers often have not received substantial education in identifying and treating environmental and occupational conditions. However, such conditions are common because people may be exposed to hazardous substances in their homes, workplaces, and communities. Asthma related to occupational or environmental exposures is generally not distinctive- it may present in the clinic just like anything else. Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers need the tools to help them identify and treat problems caused by environmental and occupational exposure.

OVERVIEW
The purpose of this enduring material is to increase healthcare provider knowledge and capacity regarding the effects of work-related asthma and prevention and management.

TARGET AUDIENCE
Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals inFamily Medicine, Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, and other medical specialties. 

LEARNER OBJECTIVES
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to effectively…

PREDICTED OUTCOMES
Predicted changes in practice as a result of participating in this activity include the improved ability to …

COMPETENCIES
This activity may address elements of competencies identified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC):

ABMS:  Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning & Improvement, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Professionalism, and Systems-based Practice

IOM:  Provide patient-centered care, Work in interdisciplinary teams, Employ evidence-based practice, Apply quality improvement, and Utilize informatics

IPEC:  Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice; Roles / Responsibilities; Interprofessional Communication, and Teams and Teamwork

PRESENTERS

Last Name

First Name

Role in the Activity

Epperson

Melinda

Director, Tulane CCE

Fazen

Louis

Program Development, Yale School of Medicine

Kirkland

Katherine

Co-Activity Director (AEOC)

Kleinpeter

Myra

Chair, Tulane CCE Advisory Committee

Krane

Kevin

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Tulane

Lefkowitz

Rafael

Program Development, Yale School of Medicine

Lichtveld

Maureen

Co-Activity Director (Tulane SPHTM)

Lind

Caroline

Educ. Eval. & Research Specialist, Tulane CCE

Linde

Brian

Program Development, Yale School of Medicine

Refvem

Sarah

Program Coord. Eval. & Research, Tulane CCE

Schmidt

Pamala

Assistant Director, Tulane CCE

Sliwinski

Roblynn

Department Administrator, Tulane CCE

MATERIALS

NIOSH Work Related Asthma

OSHA Occupational Asthma

AOEC Asthmagen List

Protecting Workers Who Use Cleaning Chemicals–OSHA

Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Asthma (EPR-3)

An Official American Thoracic Society Statement: Work Exacerbated Asthma

Official American Thoracic Society Technical Standard: Spirometry in the Occupational Setting

Recommendations for a Clinical Decision Support System for Work-Related Asthma in Primary Care Settings

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PRESENTATION NOTES

FUNDING
The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program was developed jointly by BP and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement, which was approved by the U.S. District Court in New Orleans on January 11, 2013 and made effective on February 12, 2014.  The Outreach Program is supervised by the court and is funded with $105 million from the Medical Settlement.