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J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 Jan-Feb;32(1):37-49. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2019.01.180155.

Colorado Asthma Toolkit Implementation Improves Some Process Measures of Asthma Care.

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From the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, Colorado (KLC); Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research & Delivery Science, Aurora, CO (LH); Department of Pediatrics, National Jewish Health, Denver (BGB); Department of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora (BMK, LMS); Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora (MRS). Kathryn.colborn@ucdenver.edu.
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From the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, Colorado (KLC); Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research & Delivery Science, Aurora, CO (LH); Department of Pediatrics, National Jewish Health, Denver (BGB); Department of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora (BMK, LMS); Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora (MRS).

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Colorado Asthma Toolkit Program (CATP) has been shown to improve processes of care with less evidence demonstrating improved outcomes.

OBJECTIVE:

To model the association between pre-and-post-CATP status and asthma-related process and outcome measures among patients ages 5 to 64 years receiving care in safety-net primary care practices.

METHODS:

This is an implementation study involving secondary prepost analysis of existing structured clinical, administrative, and claims data. Nine primary care practices in a federally qualified health center network implemented the CATP. Processes of care and health and utilization outcomes were evaluated prepost implementation in a cohort of patients with asthma using generalized linear mixed models.

RESULTS:

The study cohort included 2678 patients age 5 to 64 years with at least one visit to one of the 9 participating practices during the study period (March 12, 2010 to December 1, 2012). A comparison of 12 months pre- and post-CATP implementation showed improvement in some process measures of asthma care associated with the intervention, including the rate of asthma-severity measurement, although no change in 2 Health care Effectiveness Data and Information Set measures: asthma medication ratio and medication management for people with asthma. We also found no change in asthma outcomes measured across multiple domains: exacerbations, utilization, symptom scores, and pulmonary physiology measures.

CONCLUSIONS:

Implementation of the CATP in a primary care setting led to some improved processes of asthma care, but no changes in measured outcomes. Recommendations for future work include supplemental follow-up training including case review.

KEYWORDS:

Asthma; Colorado; Outcomes Assessment; Primary Health Care

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