Pulmonary Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

Asthma Co-Management Program: A program for adults

  • Learn the use and purpose of the peak flow meter.
  • Learn to recognize your "early warning signs" early enough to begin effective intervention.
  • Gain a better understanding of what triggers your asthma
  • Recognize stress factors in your life and learn to deal with them more effectively
  • Learn the proper use of medications and other treatment modalities

The course meets every Wednesday from 6:00-7:30pm for nine weeks. Forty-five minutes is lecture followed by forty-five minutes of discussion. The course is covered by most insurance plans. Participants belonging to HMO's will need referrals from their physicians.


Weekly Topic  Discussants 
First Night (Assessment night) G. Casella, RN, BSN
Introduction to the program and discussion of early warning signs R. Irwin, MD
L. Pbert, PhD
Peak flow measurements & pulmonary function testing M. Wilson, MD
L. Pbert, PhD
Asthma triggers:
Allergies, Irritants & Pollution
J.M. Madison, MD
L. Pbert, PhD
Sinusitis, gastroesophageal reflux, sulfites and anti-inflammatory agents R. Irwin, MD
L. Pbert, PhD
Asthma medications and their effective usage G. Casella, RN, BSN
L. Pbert, PhD
Emotions, stress reduction and coping skills L. Pbert, PhD
G. Casella, RN, BSN
Exercise, activity and travel G. Casella, RN, BSN
L. Pbert, PhD
Routine, new and experimental treatment for asthma O. Schaefer, MD
L. Pbert, PhD

Family members and/or significant others are encouraged to attend the three sessions marked with an asterisk (*) above.

To register, call the program coordinator at: (508) 856-1975