Asthma Educator Certification – Publications and Presentations
Garvey, C. (2003). Advances in asthma care: Asthma educator certification. California Journal of Health Promotion, 1, 87-90.
Abstract. Asthma rates in the US have risen during the past 25 years, as have asthma-related morbidity and health-care costs. Professional organizations involved in asthma care have identified the need to assure that an advanced level of asthma knowledge and skill is available to patients with asthma, their families, and insurers. This need led to development of the certification for asthma educators. The Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C) must meet specific clinical criteria and pass a standardized examination designed to evaluate knowledge and skill for providing competent asthma education and coordination. The development and current status of the Certified Asthma Educator examination process and content are discussed, as are goals of the certification.
Wasilewski, Y., Sockrider, M., Milgrom, H., & Williams, D. (2006, May). Test Performance and Candidate Demographic Analyses from the National Asthma Educator Certification Exam. American Thoracic Society, San Diego, CA.
Blonshine, S., Gardner, A., McCormick, S., & Wissing, D. (2007, December). Comparison and Evaluation of Asthma Educator Certification Exam Scores Between Respiratory Therapists and Nurses. American Association for Respiratory Care International Congress, Orlando, FL.
Gardner, A. C., Meyerson, K., & Graham, L. K. (2007). The national certification process for asthma educators. CHEST Physician, 2, 11.
Arney, T. D., & Meyerson, K. (2009). Bridging the disconnect: Better asthma care in hospitals and homes. Advance for Nurse Practitioners, 17, 33-36.
Harver, A., Arney, T. D., Cataletto, M., Ford, L. B., Fusco-Walker, S., Gardner, A. C., Meyerson, K., & Williams, D. (2009, September). National Asthma Educator Certification: Purpose, Progress, and Promise. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, New Orleans, LA. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2010, 125, AB51 Suppl.
Cataletto, M., Abramson, S., Arney, T. D., Bell, C., Bollmeier, S., Fusco-Walker, S., Gardner, A. C., Hargrove, J. K., Harver, A., Homze, K. T., Meyerson, K., McCormick, S. Steffens, H., Williams, D., & Wissing, D. (2010, May). Establishing a Culture of Excellence: National Asthma Educator Certification. Pediatric Academic Societies, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. E-PAS2010859.
Kain, K. (2010). Determining Characteristics that Increase Success on the National Asthma Educator Certification Exam. Western Michigan University, Dissertation Abstracts International-A 72/03, Sep 2011.
Cataletto, M. (2011). Commentary: The importance of certified asthma educators in promoting health literacy for children with asthma and their families (Editorial). Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology, 24,127-128. DOI: 10.1089/ped.2011.0104.
Jones, C. (2011, March). AE-C: What Does it Mean and What are the Requirements? American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, San Francisco, CA.
Cataletto, M., Abramson, S., Meyerson, K., Arney, T., Bollmeier, S., Dennis, R., Hargrove, J. K., Harver, A., Wissing, D., & Williams, D. (2011). The certified asthma educator: The United States experience. Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology, 24,159-163. DOI: 10.1089/ped.2011.0083.
Abstract. Asthma is responsible for significant healthcare costs in the United States. Although advances in pharmacology and environmental science have provided many opportunities to improve asthma control, asthma remains a major cause of missed school days, acute care visits, and hospitalizations. Patient education is a key component of asthma care. The National Asthma Educator Certification Board was established in February 2000 and charged with the mission of "promoting optimal asthma management and quality of life for individuals with asthma, their families and communities by advancing excellence in asthma education through the certified asthma educator process.” This study was performed to describe the workforce of certified asthma educators (AE-Cs®) by surveying a sample of educators who completed the recertification process. AE-Cs® who had completed the recertification process were invited to participate in an anonymous online survey. Sixty five of 135 (48%) recertificants completed the survey. The primary training of respondents was in respiratory therapy (51.6%) and nursing (42.2%). Respondents were primarily female (92.3%) and Caucasian (95.4%). The majority worked in specialty care outpatient (59.3%) or hospital inpatient (40.7%) settings. Twenty percent reported an increase in job responsibilities as a result of achieving their initial certification as an AE-C®. Most AE-Cs® have their basic training in either respiratory therapy or nursing. The workforce of AE-Cs® does not reflect the racial or ethnic percentages seen in the asthma population in the United States. More educators are needed to serve the growing numbers of individuals with asthma. Achievement of certification as an AE-C® resulted in additional job responsibilities in 20% of survey respondents.
Cataletto, M., Abramson, S., Meyerson, K., Arney, T., Bollmeier, S., Dennis, R., Hargrove, J. K., Harver, A., Wissing, D., & Williams, D. (2012). The certified asthma educator (AE-C): Opting for a standard of excellence in asthma care. Journal of Asthma & Allergy Educators, 3, 78-81. DOI: 10.1177/2150129711432631.
Abstract. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the number of individuals with asthma in the United States has increased by 4.3 million, or 12.3%, between 2001 and 2009, creating an increasing burden on our health care system. Effective patient education is a key component of asthma management. The National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) promotes "optimal asthma management and quality of life by advancing excellence in asthma education through the Certified Asthma Educator process.” Methods: Following completion of the asthma educator certification examination, applicants were invited to participate in a voluntary, anonymous Web-based survey. The survey was developed and approved by the Executive and Research Committees of the NAECB, with the objective of reviewing the experience of applicants seeking initial certification and of those seeking recertification. Results: Completed surveys were obtained from 988 applicants. Seventy-six percent of respondents were first-time test takers; the remaining respondents were repeat test takers. Eighty percent reported having passed the examination. Approximately 85% felt that the time allotted for the examination was "just right”; the level of difficulty was " just right” for 65% of the respondents, and the clarity of the examination questions was rated as "good” or "excellent” by 72% of the respondents. Seventy-two percent responded that the examination reflected the role of the asthma educator and 88.1% would recommend the examination to others interested in asthma education. Open-ended responses highlighted benefits and barriers. Discussion: The asthma educator certification examination is reflective of the professional responsibilities of the asthma educator. Benefits and barriers are discussed in the context of published literature.
Meyerson, K., & Arney, T. D. (2012, August). National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) Update. Association of Asthma Educators, Portland, OR.
Cataletto, M. (2012, September). The Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C): An Exciting Career Opportunity for Respiratory Care Practitioners. Annual Advances in Respiratory Care Conference and Asthma Educator Institute, Las Vegas, NV.
Blonshine, S., Meyerson, K., Arney, T., & Gardner, A. (2012). Certified asthma educator examination: A decade of progress. American Association for Respiratory Care Times Magazine, October, 12-16.
Meyerson, K. Asthma Network of West Michigan: A Model of Home-Based Case Management for Asthma. Nurs Clin N Am 48 (2013) 177-184 Rance, K. (2013 May) Journal of the American Association Nurse Practioners on "Managing Asthma in Pregnancy."
Related NAECB Board Member Publications and Presentations
Camargo, C. A. Jr., Hohrmann, J. L., & Ford, L. B. (2003, May). Asthma Educator Training Programs and Reimbursement Mechanisms. American Thoracic Society, Seattle, WA.
Harver, A., & Kotses, H. (Eds.) (2010). Asthma, health, and society: A public health perspective. New York: Springer.
Williams, D., Portnoy, J. M., & Meyerson, K. (2010). Strategies for improving asthma outcomes: A case-based review of successes and pitfalls. Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, 16(1 Suppl C), S3-14; quiz S16-7.
Meyerson, K. (2012, August). Reimbursement for Asthma Education. Association of Asthma Educators, Portland, OR.
Dennis, C. (2012, September). Asthma Response Team. Annual Advances in Respiratory Care Conference and Asthma Educator Institute, Las Vegas, NV.
Bollmeier, S. G. (2012, October). Inhaled Anticholinergic Agents in Patients with Asthma…Is it Time to Introduce a New Drug Class? American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Hollywood, FL.
Jones, D. C., Keesing, H., Nelsen, L., Harper, S., Rance, K., Arney, T. D., & Letz, K. (2012). The need for asthma educators: Designing a pediatric asthma train-the-trainer program. Journal of Asthma & Allergy Educators, 3, 282-291. DOI: 10.1177/2150129711433840.
Abstract. The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners worked collaboratively with other pediatric health care provider organizations to develop and implement an innovative pediatric asthma program using a train-the-trainer model with a goal to increase the availability of pediatric asthma education in medically underserved areas/health care provider shortage areas. Course content was developed using the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel 3 guidelines. Participants in the program are now teaching pediatric asthma programs in their own communities and making an impact on pediatric asthma care.
Bollmeier, S. G. (2013). New Therapies in Asthma. In: Ambulatory Care Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program (1st ed.). Pulmonary and Preventive Care. Lenexa, KS: American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
Jones C., Weiss K. (May 2013) "Li'l Wheezers": A Parent's Guide for Wheezing Infants and Children. Published by the Association of Asthma Educators.
"Challenges in asthma control: Why is this preventable disease taking such a toll?" Meyerson, K & Arney T. Advance for Nurses, December 2014, available at http://www.advanceweb.com/.
"National Asthma Educator Certification: Purpose, Progress, and Promise” Arney T. & Manning J. June 2014: American Association of Nurse Practitioners: Poster Presentation Nashville, TN.
Brown, R.: June 2014: American Academy of Pediatrics, Southeast Conference: Asthma and Disparity for All -- Management 2014. Jacksonville, FL
Brown, R.: September 2014: Texas Pediatric Society Regional Rounds: Asthma 2014: Insights to Diagnosis and Management. Dallas, TX
Magary, L. & Brown, R.: September 2014: American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Annual Conference. What Really Matters: A Problem-Based Review of Asthma & COPD Outpatient Management. Orlando, FL
Brown, R.: December 2014: Puerto Rican Pulmonology Society: New Developments in Asthma Management. San Juan, PR.
Patel MR, Thomas LJ, Hafeez K, Shankin M, Wilkin M, Brown RW. Study protocol for improving asthma outcomes through cross-cultural communication training for physicians: a randomized trial of physician training. BMC Medical Education, 2014 Jun 16; 14(1):118.
Patel MR, Sanders GM, Yang Y, Brown RW and Hafeez K. Disparities in Guideline Recommended Care among Women with Asthma. Chronic Dis Int. 2014; 1(1): 6.
Patel MR, Leo HL, Baptist AP, Cao Y, Brown RW. Adverse asthma outcomes in U.S. children and adolescents with multiple morbidities: findings from the National Health Interview Survey. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2014 (In press).
Dennis, C. "Handling the ED arrival” Saturday August 2nd
"Children's Asthma Care Coordinated by Respiratory Therapist” Saturday August 2nd 7:45 -9 am.
Hart, M. AARC Congress Dec. 7,2014- Las Vegas - Let's Take Grandma to Lunch: Successful Aging and Nutrition – Lecture
Hart, M. Alamo District TSRC Annual Meeting -Oct. 2014 San Antonio - Can Pulmonary Rehabilitation Decrease 30 Day Readmissions in COPD Patient?
Hart, M. Illinois Society for Respiratory Care Annual Meeting, Chicago, May 2014 - Can Pulmonary Rehabilitation Decrease 30 Day Readmissions in COPD Patient?
Hart, M. TSRC Annual Meeting – San Antonio May 2014 – COPD Navigator
Alpha-1 Education Da y – Dallas Texas – March 2014 – Importance of Exercise