Asthma Management Web Site Announced By NHLBI

December 11, 1998

Physicians who want to provide the most up-to-date diagnostic and treatment methods for their asthma patients can now find, on one online site, virtually all the scientific literature on chronic asthma that has ever been published. The new web site is the Asthma Management Model System (AMMS), launched today by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institues of Health in recognition of World Asthma Day.

The AMMS was designed by the NHLBI's National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of asthma. It is an interactive web-based system that provides users with the ability to quickly formulate research questions and access key databases, retrieve the latest treatment guidelines and published literature, obtain continuing education credits, and browse and download materials. One of the striking features of the AMMS is its ability to bring together several high-tech functions within one integrated system for those clinicians who are on the cutting edge of asthma management.

Said NHLBI Director Dr. Claude Lenfant, with its theme of "Help Our Children Breathe," World Asthma Day is an occasion on which we are communicating to people of all nations that asthma is a worldwide burden. The Asthma Management Model System provides an important tool to help health care professionals, researchers, and public health planners at home and abroad reduce this burden.

The AMMS, which can be accessed through the NHLBI home page at www.nhlbi.nih.gov, provides a unique tool for health professionals who wish to analyze problems relating to long-term asthma management. After clicking on the research mode, the user can select search terms, and the system automatically formulates a question that asks what effect a selected treatment will have on a selected outcome in asthma patients for whom selected conditions or factors are known. The system then retrieves the relevant information from such major scientific databases as MEDLINE, CRISP, and CORDIS, and documents from Federal government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The AMMS also offers a professional education mode that provides immediate access to the latest asthma clinical guidelines from the NAEPP and the Global Initiative for Asthma, continuing medical education programs for physicians, other professional and patient education materials, and tools for physicians to teach other health professionals and patients about asthma.

Another major feature of the AMMS is a site that allows users to participate in online forums and discussions. This includes an Asthma Coalition Exchange, which is designed to foster information sharing and networking among community-based asthma coalitions throughout the country. The exchange is part of a larger NAEPP program to develop partnerships with local asthma coalitions to help implement change in the way asthma is managed at the community level.

It is intended that the AMMS will eventually connect to online forums and discussion groups for asthma patients. Visitors will also be able to register for regular updates on new features that are added to the site.

The NAEPP was created in 1989 to reduce death and disability from asthma through professional, patient, and public education. It has developed the AMMS as an educational resource for health care professionals that should result in improvements in the way asthma is managed. Plans to expand patient and public education components are in development.
-end-


NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Related Asthma Articles from Brightsurf:

Breastfeeding and risks of allergies and asthma
In an Acta Paediatrica study, exclusive breastfeeding for the first 3 months was linked with a lower risk of respiratory allergies and asthma when children reached 6 years of age.

Researchers make asthma breakthrough
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have made a breakthrough that may eventually lead to improved therapeutic options for people living with asthma.

Physics vs. asthma
A research team from the MIPT Center for Molecular Mechanisms of Aging and Age-Related Diseases has collaborated with colleagues from the U.S., Canada, France, and Germany to determine the spatial structure of the CysLT1 receptor.

New knowledge on the development of asthma
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have studied which genes are expressed in overactive immune cells in mice with asthma-like inflammation of the airways.

Eating fish may help prevent asthma
A scientist from James Cook University in Australia says an innovative study has revealed new evidence that eating fish can help prevent asthma.

Academic performance of urban children with asthma worse than peers without asthma
A new study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows urban children with poorly controlled asthma, particularly those who are ethnic minorities, also suffer academically.

Asthma Controller Step Down Yardstick -- treatment guidance for when asthma improves
The focus for asthma treatment is often stepping up treatment, but clinicians need to know how to step down therapy when symptoms improve.

Asthma management tools improve asthma control and reduce hospital visits
A set of comprehensive asthma management tools helps decrease asthma-related visits to the emergency department, urgent care or hospital and improves patients' asthma control.

Asthma linked to infertility but not among women taking regular asthma preventers
Women with asthma who only use short-acting asthma relievers take longer to become pregnant than other women, according to research published in the European Respiratory Journal.

What are the best ways to diagnose and manage asthma?
A team of experts from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston examined the current information available from many different sources on diagnosing and managing mild to moderate asthma in adults and summarized them.

Read More: Asthma News and Asthma Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.