WMU News

University community invited to help with asthma focus groups

March 10, 2000

Do you, your spouse, daughter or son suffer from asthma?

The University Health Management Group is looking for asthmatics or parents of asthmatics to participate in a focus group regarding an asthma disease management pilot program. Lovelace Healthcare Innovations Inc. of Albuquerque, N.M., a nationally recognized disease management company, will coordinate the focus group meetings.

The asthma focus group session will involve a two-hour early evening meeting, with dinner provided. The meeting date is tentatively scheduled for mid- to late-March. If you are interested in participating or need further information, please contact Linda Spiker, Sindecuse Health Center, at 616 387-3282.

The asthma disease management program is a top priority for the University Health Management Group during 2000. Disease management is a coordinated effort to provide health care, support and education to individuals with a specific medical disease or condition. Disease management programs involve the patient, the patient's family, the primary care physician, medical disease specialists and many other health care providers. The main objectives of disease management programs are to provide individuals and their families with information and education about their disease and to prevent the disease from decreasing their quality of life.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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