Asthma Disease Management and the Respiratory Therapist

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Abstract:

The role of the respiratory therapist (RT) is expanding with the growing acceptance and use of the disease-management paradigm for managing chronic diseases. RTs are key members of the asthma disease-management team, in acute-care settings, patients' homes, out-patient clinics, emergency departments, and in the community. Utilizing RTs as disease managers allows patients to be treated faster and more appropriately, discharged to home sooner, and decreases hospital admissions. RT are leaders in the emerging field of asthma disease management.

Keywords: ASTHMA; DISEASE MANAGEMENT; RESPIRATORY THERAPIST

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: American Association for Respiratory Care, Irving, Texas 2: Pediatric Diagnostics and Respiratory Care, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, and Department of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio

Publication date: June 1, 2008

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