Effectiveness of an Asthma Quality Improvement Program Designed for Maintenance of Certification - American Board of Medical Specialties

This study is an evaluation of a program developed by Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s (PPOC), affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital. The program derived data from three cohorts, involving physicians and patients, spanning three years. Practice-based registries of pediatric asthma patients were developed and used a learning collaborative model. Each meeting brought together multiple practice teams covering multiple topics in asthma care. The three cohorts each experienced improvements in the care of asthma including asthma action plans, Asthma Control Tests, medications, and visits. Patient outcomes were also affected as asthma exacerbations declined in all three cohorts. This study is subject to several limitations such as sample size, lack of comparison groups, and a need for a common definition of quality improvement in research. The learning collaborative model counted towards fulfilling Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements and resulted in learning and sharing among medical teams.

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