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Friday, June 17, 2011 - Asthma Patients Benefit from National Research
Asthma Patients Benefit From National Research
 Munson Family Practice Center joins important ongoing study
 
Asthma patients at Munson Family Practice Center are benefiting from national research that could change the way physicians and other clinicians provide asthma care.
 
David Klee, MD, FAAFP, said the Munson Family Practice Center joined 20 other family medicine practices nationally to launch a large national study on asthma care. Asthma affects as many as 25 percent of U.S. children by age 18, and 5 percent of adults, with another 5 percent reporting exercise induced asthma.
 
“We saw our first patient in February and recently were recognized as an exemplary clinic in the national newsletter related to this study,” Klee said. “We are the first group in the study to incorporate our electronic medical record into the study.”
 
The four-year study is funded by the Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services. It involves a nationally designed procedure to treat asthma patients through medications while taking into account other risk factors the patient may have that are associated with the disease. Patients who participate in the study receive five questionnaires over a two-year period of time. Each questionnaire can be completed in about 15 minutes.
 
Assisting locally with the research are Munson Family Practice residents Roshani Jadia, MD, and Behzod Rostam, MD, and nurse Sheila Schwabe, LPN.
 
“Clinical research is an exciting part of medicine, but is not often incorporated into a busy practitioner’s practice,” Dr. Klee said. “It encourages physicians to incorporate better ways of managing problems. We are encouraging our residents to have a questioning mind that can spur on other clinical advancements.”
 
In addition to the asthma study, Munson Family Practice Center also is involved in a local study on circumcision quality indicators, one on the use of simulation technology for evaluating resident competency and the SEARCH Study with Michigan State University on screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.