Asthma: A Comprehensive Overview

About the Course
This course introduces the learner to the state of asthma globally and nationally. Asthma prevalence and cost burden to society will be discussed. National objectives for asthma management will be presented. This course also focuses on the definition, pathophysiology, consequences of lack of control, and clinical signs and symptoms of asthma. Common asthma triggers as well as individual and family education regarding basic environmental control are also discussed. The content reflects current research findings and evidence-based practice guidelines.

Learning Outcomes
  • 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
Dr. Judith Quaranta 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.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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