Sustaining compliance with pediatric asthma inpatient quality measures

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010 Nov 13;2010:547-51.


To reduce readmission risk in children hospitalized with asthma, The Joint Commission (JC) mandated hospitals to initiate preventive measures and provide patients/caregivers with a home management plan of care (HMPC) at discharge. Standard methods for recording HMPC compliance require hospitals to commit considerable resources. We developed an asthma-specific "reminder and decision support" (RADS) system to facilitate patient discharge while supporting many clinical and administrative needs, including: 1) providers' compliance with asthma preventive measures, 2) creation of patient's discharge instructions, 3) recording HMPC components for JC accreditation, and 4) creation of discharge summaries with auto-faxing mechanism to primary care providers for follow-up. RADS resulted in significant increased and sustained HMPC compliance (73% vs. 89%, p<0.01) and reduced labor time (53 vs. 15 hours/week, p=0.02) compared to standard methods. Most quality improvement interventions achieve short-term goals, but long-term improvements require decision support tools that support multiple needs while minimizing resource use.

MeSH terms

  • Asthma*
  • Child
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Humans
  • Inpatients*
  • Patient Compliance
  • Patient Discharge