Assessing a Population-Based Approach to Asthma and COPD Education Academic Article uri icon

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  • In 2008, chronic respiratory disease—including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—was the fourth leading cause of death in Canada. Chronic respiratory disease represents a major burden of illness on individuals, families, and the health system. Provision of asthma and COPD education and management resources can serve to improve self-management strategies, leading to an improved quality of life. The Partnership in Lung Age Testing and Education (PLATE) program was a unique demonstration project examining a population-based approach to the management of respiratory disease. Objectives included improving patient education, increasing public awareness about chronic respiratory disease, and promoting a healthy lifestyle. First, 13 “Airways Clinics” in Toronto and Hamilton were undertaken in various community settings (eg, pharmacies, shopping malls), providing respiratory health education and FEV1 measurement. Second, a follow-up survey examined knowledge gained from phase I. Eighty-seven participants included those with physician-diagnosed asthma, physician-diagnosed COPD, and symptomatic without diagnosis and/or long-time smokers. Airways Clinics were positively received by participants, with 77% of respondents more aware of the role healthy lifestyles play in disease management. Findings indicate that the highest level of interest came from high-needs communities, including low-income and older populations (between 50 and 79 years).


  • Vine, MM
  • Latycheva, O
  • Fenton, NE
  • Hampson, C
  • Haynes, M
  • Elliott, Susan

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  • April 2013