Asthma: A Comprehensive Overview


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About the Course:
Asthma is a major public health issue worldwide. Globally, 339 million people had asthma in 2016 (World Health Organization [WHO], 2020). Asthma, as a lifelong disease, can be controlled with proper management, thus preventing many adverse outcomes associated with this chronic condition. This course defines asthma and frames its discussion in accordance with the Expert Panel Report 3 ([EPR3]; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [NHLBI], 2007), the 2020 Focused Updates to the EPR3 (Expert Panel Working Group of the NHLBI et al., 2020), and the Global Initiative for Asthma ([GINA]; 2020), which together comprise the most recent asthma guidelines. The course discusses the state of asthma globally and nationally, including the prevalence and cost burden to society, and presents the national objectives for asthma management. The content reflects current research findings and evidence-based practice guidelines and focuses on the definition, pathophysiology, consequences of lack of control, clinical signs and symptoms, common triggers, as well as individual and family education regarding basic environmental control. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Analyze the current trends for prevalence and societal burdens of asthma.
  • Evaluate national and global goals for the management of asthma.
  • Distinguish risk and protective factors in the development of asthma.
  • Differentiate the protective factors for asthma.
  • Examine the evolving medical understanding and definition of asthma.
  • Distinguish asthma phenotypes.
  • Analyze the components of asthma pathophysiology.
  • Illustrate the process for diagnosing asthma.
  • Evaluate asthma triggers and strategies for controlling the triggers.
  • Distinguish components of individualized education on trigger management.

About the Author: 
Judith Quaranta, PhD, RN, CPN, AE-C, FNAP, is an Associate Professor in the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Binghamton University. She received her PhD from the Decker School of Nursing, with her dissertation focusing on asthma management for school nurses. Dr. Quaranta’s research focus is on barriers and facilitators for asthma management as well as factors that impact asthma and asthma development. As a Train the Trainer for the American Lung Association’s Open Airways for Schools curriculum, she has worked collaboratively with the Broome County Health Department, the Asthma Coalition of the Southern Tier, United Health Services Hospital, and the local American Lung Association to implement this program in local schools. She has presented at multiple national conferences on the topic of asthma and self-management and authored manuscripts for journals including the Public Health Nursing, Journal of School Nursing, Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators, Online Journal of Rural Nursing, Journal of Family Social Work, Journal of Interprofessional Care, in addition to authoring textbook chapters on research and community and public health.

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 4-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the Self-Assessment Quiz Questions either integrated throughout or all at the end of the course.
    • These questions are NOT GRADED. The questions are included to help affirm what you have learned from the course.
    • The correct answer is shown after the question is answered. If the incorrect answer is selected, a Rationale for the correct answer is provided.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 70% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • If requested, provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Nursing Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


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