The purpose of this project is to develop a multipronged intervention to achieve three goals: (1) create a large cadre of opinion leaders and trainers to influence and educate primary care physicians delivering asthma care; (2) evaluate the intervention provided by the trainers to determine its impact on patients' use of health care and quality of life; and (3) disseminate a tool kit and the clinician training to physicians across the country by means of national and local professional associations. This intervention is based on current knowledge about how to change physician behavior and evidence-based standards of care for pediatric asthma. The intervention will be designed so that it can be customized or tailored to different community settings and will be implemented in several local sites throughout the United States. The target population includes primary care physicians involved in the care of children with asthma. The project will evaluate the intervention's impact on patient outcomes, such as health care use, in addition to utilizing process measures to determine changes in physician counseling and communication, practice behavior, and changes in physician prescribing patterns.
Amount Awarded $2,431,289.00
Awarded on: 9/5/2000
Time frame: 9/1/2000 - 12/31/2006
Grant Number: 37658