Learning From a Distance

"Learning From a Distance: A Practical Model for Improving Asthma Care" is being conducted by researchers at the Child Health Institute (CHI) of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, in collaboration with researchers at the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) in Chicago, IL. It is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The principal investigators are:
This study is a randomized controlled trial that will evaluate the effectiveness of a distance-learning quality improvement program aimed at improving asthma care for pediatric patients through the appropriate use of office-based spirometry. This program includes:
  • "Spirometry Fundamentals™: A Basic Guide to Lung Function Testing", a computer-based CD-ROM training program that teaches primary care providers and their staff techniques required to perform high-quality spirometry tests, and proper interpretation of spirometric data.
  • Virtual asthma learning sessions utilizing WebEx, a computer-based virtual meeting tool. This tool allows providers and their staff to attend asthma quality improvement learning sessions from a distance because meetings are conducted over an Internet connection using WebEx. Below are links to the slide sets presented in these sessions.
  • An innovative secure Internet-based audit and feedback reporting system. This tool allows experts to both assess the quality of spirometry curves produced remotely at practice sites and give feedback to providers and their staff via a secure reporting system.
Analysis of this research will be prepared for peer-reviewed publication in 2010.