Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action


Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action


This 151-page resource guide was developed as a learning tool for State officials who want to improve the quality of health care for people with asthma in their States. The guide is designed to help officials assess quality of care, using State-level data, and fashion quality improvement strategies suited to State conditions. The Resource Guide and its complementary Workbook can serve as tools for sharing the expertise, ideas, knowledge, and solutions of those involved in quality improvement. The various modules are intended for different users.

This resource guide is divided into the following five modules:

  • Module 1: Making the case for asthma care quality improvement
    • Making the case for quality improvement
    • The quality improvement opportunity
    • Estimating the costs of asthma care and potential savings from quality improvement
  • Module 2: A framework for State-led quality improvement
    • Quality health care and quality improvement movement
    • A strategic role for States
    • Developing a framework for State-led quality improvement
    • Information resources for quality improvement
  • Module 3: Learning from current State quality improvement efforts
  • Module 4: Measuring quality of care for asthma
    • Quality measurement
    • Multiple dimensions of quality for asthma care
    • Data sources for asthma quality care
    • Using benchmarks to develop State performance estimates
    • Factors that affect quality of asthma care
  • Module 5: Moving ahead—Implications for State action

The resource guide also includes the following appendixes:

  • Medicaid spending on asthma by State
  • National and State asthma programs
  • Asthma measures
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) measures, data, and benchmarks
  • Other asthma-related data sources
  • Benchmarks from the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)
  • Information on statistical significance


The Council of State Governments; Thomson Medstat

Funding Sources:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Release Date: 2006
Original Summary: July 2006
Last Updated: 12/18/13

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