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Common asthma triggers

Common Asthma Triggers: An Education Companion

The Primary Care Asthma Program (PCAP) is an evidence-based, standardized program model under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Asthma Program. The program currently includes standardized asthma and COPD tools through a partnership with The Lung Association – Ontario (TLA). PCAP is delivered within a multi-disciplinary team of providers led by a Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) across Ontario. In 2014, PCAP partnered with the MOHLTC to conduct a needs assessment using the MOHLTC Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA)1 to identify how PCAP was impacting their population groups and to ensure more equitable delivery of the program including its service, policy and tools, and to align with the National Lung Health Framework2 goals.

Ten PCAP coordinators across Ontario completed the MOHLTC HEIA and results were presented to TLA. Out of the six impacted populations identified by PCAP, TLA decided to produce asthma resources that addressed low literacy and language barriers. In 2016, a pictorial triggers booklet was developed for educators to use with their patients with low literacy or English as a second language titled, Common Asthma Triggers: An Education Companion. This is a three-fold tool that will help these patients to identify and communicate their triggers to their clinicians.

As Ontario moves towards a health-care system designed around the patient as detailed in the Patients First Act 2016, it will be important to continue to design and improve programs, policies and tools to address the social, economic, environmental and cultural determinants of health for the patient.

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