Thomas F. Plaut, M.D.
have presented my thoughts on asthma and how to
control it to hundreds of audiences of health
professionals and patients over the years. Since
1995 I have used One Minute Asthma as the outline
for my talks, varying the topics covered to suit
the audience. Many other professionals have adopted
this method. The illustrations in the book eliminate
the need for slides. A brief pre and post test
and evaluation are appended.
Goal: Each participant will gain knowledge that will
help them guide their patients or themselves to
better control asthma.
Method: Leader distributes a copy of One Minute Asthma
to each participant and covers the topics listed
below. Participants take questionnaire before
and after the talk. During the talk they take
notes in their personal copy of One Minute Asthma.
• You Can Control Asthma
• What Happens in the Airways
• Peak Flow Zones
• Asthma Medicines
• Using the Asthma Diary
• Using the Asthma Action Plan
answers one or two questions on each topic before
moving on to the next. After covering the essential
topics, they offer to discuss any other issue
covered in the booklet. If time remains, they
deal with other questions.
Sample Evaluation of Asthma Talk based on One
to be answered before and after talk:
your asthma is under control, will you be able
to run as long and as hard as you want?
During an asthma episode, is the lining of your airways
swollen due to inflammation?
Your peak flow measures how fast you can blow
air out of your lungs. Will your score will tell you
whether you have a mild, moderate or severe problem?
Name the two main types of asthma medicines:
What type is used daily to prevent episodes?
What type is used to treat episodes?
When you record your peak flow on a good diary, can see the effect of changing your medicine
dose or encountering a trigger?
When your peak flow is in the high yellow zone should
a. reduce triggers
b. change your treatment
c. reduce triggers and change your treatment
to be answered one week after talk:
anything in the talk or materials of practical
use to you?
If yes, please list:
Did you learn that you can control asthma better
than you thought you would be able to?
Did you improve the way you are able to communicate
with your doctor or nurse?
Did you improve the way you take your inhaled
Did you improve the way you keep a diary?
Did you ask your doctor for an action plan?
Did you read any part of One Minute Asthma since
Will you refer to One Minute Asthma in the future?
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