Datacorp and Tufts University School of Medicine offer new continuing education course

Datacorp and Tufts University School of Medicine are pleased to present the accredited continuing education course, Using Patient-Reported Outcomes to Improve Asthma Management, to clinicians and clinicians in training who are interested in learning more about the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)’s recommendations for using patient-reported outcomes measures and how these measures can improve asthma care management.

The online course content, delivered through a video and study guide, is geared toward primary care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, asthma specialists, residents, fellows, medical students, physician assistants, and respiratory therapists. Non-clinicians may also find the content of value both professionally and personally.

The course emphasizes the importance of patient self-report measures, which are recommended by the NHLBI for the routine assessment and monitoring of asthma. Standardized measures help to convey “the voice of the patient” and provide reliable and valid outcomes data for use by clinicians in practice and by patients for the self-management of their condition. Featured are clinician experts in asthma, primary care, and health outcomes.

“Only a patient can report how much their wheezing or their shortness of breath or their fatigue affects their ability to work or take care of their children or do whatever it is in their life that is important to them. Only the patient can report that.”

IRA B. WILSON, MD, MSc, Professor of Community Health, Brown University & Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

“It’s important to get the patient’s perspective of their disease. And, by just doing a history and physical exam along with spirometry for asthma, you may not get there. Using patient reported outcomes, one can really understand the burden of the disease on the patient, how it’s affecting their ability in terms of physical functioning and emotional limitations, and how well they feel their control is. And by having all of this information, in fact, I am a better physician because I can use all of this to better manage my patient and improve her/his asthma.”

MICHAEL BLAISS, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

For more information, see Course Brochure