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Overview

  • Learn asthma care essentials — from top experts at the Partners Asthma Center

    "This book teaches physicians and other healthcare professionals how to recognize and treat asthma exacerbations and was inspired by patients and their experiences with this disease. It is designed for informed educators who know a fair amount about asthma while focusing on patient needs. It is an excellent resource for asthma educators. 3 Stars."—Doody's Review Service

    Internists, family physicians, physician's assistants, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists will find this unparalleled, authoritative guide has everything needed to understand and treat asthma in children and adults.

    Ideal for preparing for certification as an asthma educator (AE-C), The Asthma Educator's Handbook includes important information such as:

  • How to develop an asthma action plan based on the principles of assessing and treating asthma attacks
  • Diagnosis and staging ambulatory asthma treatment
  • Inhalers and inhalation aids
  • Managing asthmatic attacks
  • Chapter-ending Q&As that simulate the types of questions likely to appear on the National Asthma Educators Certification Board Exam
  • Case discussions that test your knowledge by asking you to assume the role of an asthma educator
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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Andrew Scott Bagg, MD (University of South Florida College of Medicine)
Description: The handbook reviews fundamentals of the pathology, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of asthma. A discussion of the clinical applications of asthma care allows one to gain confidence in asthma management through this evidence-based book.
Purpose: Proper skills, resources, and emphasis on the importance of asthma care are the book's main goals, designed to prepare healthcare professionals for certification as asthma educators. Most books are too lengthy and lack the tools to reinforce the didactic information, but this one facilitates learning and provides ways to effectively communicate information to patients and their families.
Audience: The handbook is targeted to all healthcare professionals who work with asthma patients, both pediatric and adult. It focuses on practical situations that patients and/or their family members need to know about.
Features: The 10 chapters are written with patient-friendly terminology, eliminating the language barrier that often is present between medical personnel and patients. The book is well organized, referenced, and diagrams and tables allow the reader to emphasize certain learning points. Key points highlight important concepts. Self-assessment multiple-choice questions with detailed answers finalize each chapter in a wonderful manner.
Assessment: This book teaches physicians and other healthcare professionals how to recognize and treat asthma exacerbations and was inspired by patients and their experiences with this disease. It is designed for informed educators who know a fair amount about asthma while focusing on patient needs. It is an excellent resource for asthma educators.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071447379
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 690,201
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher H. Fanta, MD is a member of Partners Asthma Center, Brigham & Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA and has a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School.

Elaine L. Carter, RN, AE-C is a member of Partners Asthma Center, Brigham & Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

Elisabeth S. Stieb, RN, AE-C is a member of Partners Asthma Center, Brigham & Women's and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

Kenan E. Haver, MD is a member of Partners Asthma Center, Brigham & Women's and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA and has a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School.

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Fundamentals

Chapter 1. Understanding and Explaining the Mechanisms of Asthma


Chapter 2. Diagnosing and Staging the Severity of Asthma


Chapter 3. Medications Used to Treat Asthma


Chapter 4. Treating Asthma in the Ambulatory Setting


Chapter 5. Special Considerations in Childhood Asthma

Part II: Practical Aspects of Asthma Care


Chapter 6. Pulmonary Function Testing and Peak Flow Monitoring


Chapter 7. Identifying Allergic Sensitivities and Promoting Alergen Avoidance


Chapter 8. Inhalers and Inhalational Aids in Asthma Treatment


Chapter 9. Managing Asthma Attacks


Chapter 10. Developing an Asthma Action Plan
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