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Table 1 Asthma education centre guideline-based program and service delivery characteristics for hospital-based AECs in Ontario

From: The association of asthma education centre characteristics on hospitalizations and emergency department visits in Ontario: a population-based study

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Program characteristics N = 32*
Population served  
  Adults 29 (91%)
  Pediatrics/caregivers 30 (94%)
Asthma education and resources provided in other languages 7 (22%)
Guideline-based program characteristics  
  Patient assessment 32 (100%)
  Information provided about what asthma is 32 (100%)
  Identification of individual risk/trigger Factors 32 (100%)
  Review of asthma medications 32 (100%)
  Difference between “relievers” and “controllers” 32 (100%)
  Potential side effects of medications 32 (100%)
  Review of asthma medication administration techniques 32 (100%)
  Prevention of symptoms and attacks 32 (100%)
  Signs that suggest asthma is worsening 32 (100%)
  Coping strategies (e.g., how to deal with teachers/employers/healthcare professionals) 32 (100%)
  Monitoring control of asthma 32 (100%)
  Peak flow monitoring 28 (88%)
  Environmental control 32 (100%)
  How and when to seek medical attention 32 (100%)
  Written action plan 32 (100%)
  Behavior modification approach 29 (91%)
Human resources  
  Certified Asthma Educators 28 (88%)
  Other multi-disciplinary team members (Social Worker, Pharmacist) 5 (16%)
Service delivery characteristics N = 36*
Hours of service  
  Full-time regular hours (Monday through Friday 8AM to 4PM) 5 (14%)
  Full-time regular and extended hours (before 8AM, after 4 PM and/or weekends) 10 (28%)
  Part-time (less than 30 hrs. per week) regular hours 9 (25%)
  Part-time regular and extended hours 12 (33%)
Inpatient or ED asthma education provided by AEC staff  
  Inpatient education 22 (61%)
  ED education 14 (39%)
  1. *N = 32 primary sites with survey responses; N = 36 primary sites with service delivery information in survey and/or in the public domain.