(From the October 2016 Issue of MedStat)
Nationwide Children’s School-Based Asthma Therapy (SBAT) Program works as a liaison between schools and the asthma care provider to design a plan for students with high-risk asthma to receive asthma prevention medications at school. The goal is to keep the student’s asthma care with their medical home while helping improve compliance of the student’s asthma controller medications. The school serves as an extension of the medial home.
During the 2015-2016 school year, 286 children from 161 schools were enrolled in SBAT. Students enrolled in the program have had fewer trips to the Emergency Department and less hospital stays. In addition, SBAT tracks student progress through the Asthma Control Test (ACT), a nationally recognized standardized test that subjectively assesses asthma symptoms. ACT scores improved from a median of 16 to 22 after participation in the program. An ACT score of less than 20 indicates poor control. SBAT is an arm of Nationwide Children’s Care Connection, school-based health services.