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Asthma: Right Medication

Asthma is a disease that can make it hard to breathe. Difficult breathing due to asthma is a combination of narrowing/constriction and swelling/inflammation in your airway. When asthma becomes worse than usual, it's called an asthma attack. Many things can set off, or trigger, an asthma attack. Allergies, exercise, air pollution or a cold can trigger asthma.

Recommended care includes taking two kinds of medicines to help you breathe better.

  • Medicines for long term control: "controllers" or "preventers" are inhalers that work over time to decrease swelling in airways. If you use these “controller” or “preventer” medicines every day, you will be less likely to have an asthma attack.
  • Medicine to get better faster: "quick relievers" are fast-acting inhalers that open narrowed airways within minutes. Quick relievers are for asthma attacks.

 

These medicines help you breathe better, feel better, and sleep better. The medicines also help protect you from serious long-term damage to your airways. It’s important to work with your doctor to get the best combination of medications for you.

Many things can set off asthma such as having allergies to pollen, dust mites, and mold; and doing hard exercise or getting a cold.

You can work with your doctor to understand asthma and stay healthy. This will help you feel better and lower your chances of having problems from asthma.

Who is at risk for asthma?
You are more likely to get asthma if:

  • Your parents have asthma
  • You have allergies
  • You have a skin allergy called eczema

 

This measure shows the percent of patients with persistent asthma in each practice who received a controller or preventer inhaler. A higher number is better.

If your doctor's office is not listed it means there was not enough information available to report this measure.

Why it is important:
To help you control your asthma, you need to take the right medicine at the right times.

What you and your doctor should do:
Good health requires a partnership. Your doctor cannot do it alone. You and your doctor should talk about making an asthma action plan and the best medicines to treat your asthma.

How does asthma affect our community?

  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 7.3% of adults and 9.4% of children have asthma in the Kansas City region.
  • In 2009, there were more than 3,000 documented hospitalizations for children under 18 years of age with symptoms of asthma in Kansas City, MO.
  • In Johnson and Wyandotte counties (KS), inpatient charges for asthma were over $12 million in 2008.

 

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Greater Kansas City Area Average: 93%

National Average: 91%



Information for the 2008 report was provided by six commercial health plans which also included two managed Medicaid health plans. Information for the 2009 and 2010 reports were provided by five commercial health plans and did not include any Medicaid information. The 2011 report reflects information provided by four commercial health plans and also did not include any Medicaid information.


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Practice Name
#
Score
CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC 35 97.1%
0.971
COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE 169 95.9%
0.959
CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE 34 76.5%
0.765
ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP 155 89%
0.89
GASHLAND CLINIC GASHLAND CLINIC 50 86%
0.86
GOPPERT-TRINITY FAMILY CARE GOPPERT-TRINITY FAMILY CARE 35 91.4%
0.914
KANSAS CITY IPA KANSAS CITY IPA 68 100%
1
LEAWOOD FAMILY CARE LEAWOOD FAMILY CARE 31 96.8%
0.968
LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP 33 100%
1
NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE 40 90%
0.9
SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP 63 95.2%
0.952
THE LIBERTY CLINIC THE LIBERTY CLINIC 44 95.5%
0.955