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Course Description

Course Number 20-688632

     Studies have shown that childhood asthma significantly affects the lives of many children in the United States. Health care professionals need to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of asthma, know the treatments for asthma, be able to provide asthma education to patients and parents of children with asthma, as well as describe asthma control measures and prevention. This conversational “frequently asked questions” style course provides answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about asthma.

  • Course Category | Pulmonology

  • Original Activity Release Date | 11/09/2018

  • Date of Most Recent Review | 10/25/2021

  • Next Review / Activity Termination Date | 10/24/2024

Educational Goals & Learning Outcomes

The goal of this continuing educational activity is to provide healthcare professionals with a broad knowledge base of asthma including; classifications and types of asthma, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, medications, asthma control and prevention as well as epidemiological factors affecting asthma. Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Assess patients for signs and symptoms of asthma

  • Evaluate patients for asthma risk factors and who is more likely to get asthma

  • Differentiate methods of diagnosing asthma

  • Categorize the different classifications and types of asthma

  • Choose appropriate asthma treatments, including treatments for severe asthma

  • Manage asthma medications

  • Value the importance of asthma control and prevention

  • Appraise the economic burden of asthma

About the Course Author(s)

Darren C. Leach, MSN, APRN, NP-C

     Darren C. Leach is a nurse practitioner and author. He is licensed as an APRN by the State of Florida and Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. His professional experience ranges across the lifespan from infants to the elderly with positions in adult internal and emergency care, pediatric internal and emergency care, pediatric and neonatal intensive care as well as endocrinology and nephrology. He has also provided education to nurses, patients, and families in a variety of formats and settings. He received his Baccalaureate of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida in 2005, and his Masters of Science degree in Family Health Nursing in 2010. Mr. Leach has authored numerous courses, including many for MedCEC. To view Mr. Leach's full bio click here.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Course Information

    • Course Description & Disclosures

    • Instructions

  • 2

    Childhood Asthma Course

    • Abstract

    • What is asthma?

    • What are the signs and symptoms of worsening asthma?

    • What is Airway Remodeling?

    • Who gets it?

    • Who doesn't get it (or is a least less likely to get it?)

    • What makes it worse?

    • What makes it better?

    • Are there different classifications or types of asthma?

    • How is asthma diagnosed?

    • How can asthma symptoms be controlled and managed?

    • How do asthma medications work?

    • How are severe asthma exacerbations managed?

    • Can we do better at controlling asthma?

    • Can we do better at preventing asthma?

    • What is the economic burden of asthma?

    • References

  • 3

    Childhood Asthma Quiz & Survey

    • Childhood Asthma Quiz - Unlimited attempts permitted. Passing grade 70% or better.

    • Childhood Asthma Survey - Completion of the post-test course evaluation survey is required to receive certificate of completion.