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UVA Health Recognized for Video on Caring for Children with Asthma

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The University of Virginia Health System has earned national recognition for a video that highlights efforts to improve care for children with asthma. Doctors say it was important to show how they have used performance data to boost quality of care.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation chose UVA's submission as one of four videos entered in its "Voices of Quality" contest. Physicians say they used the video to stress their process of providing perfect care for every child dealing with asthma.

The two-minute video is narrated by UVA Health System's Chief Quality Officer Tracey Hoke. She uses a poster to describe how care is provided to children hospitalized in Charlottesville for asthma and best practices parents can take home.

The standard care for patients admitted to the hospital include reliever medication, steroids, and a customized home management care plan. Hoke says the most important takeaway for parents is the triggers to call for help.

"It's so important that a family knows when they can call for help, when they should call for help, and who they should call in order to take the best care for their child when they are not in the hospital," said Hoke.

In 2011, a team at UVA redesigned the care toolkit for children with asthma. Within nine months, 100 percent of patients received all the treatments and home care plan outlined in the toolkit.

Hoke says their next goal is to improve measuring outcomes that are meaningful to families. UVA will meet with the three other contest winners to discuss their work through a webinar next month.

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