The nurses have done a beautiful job of learning and becoming good educators, and counselors, and building rapport and relationships. It’s very successful and very much valued by all of our clinicians. It also is another illustration of a good care model that we believe in.
– Clinic Manager, CHAMPS Intervention Site

The CHAMPS intervention is based on the National Cooperative Inner-City Asthma Study (NCICAS) and the Inner-City Asthma Study (ICAS), which were funded by the National Institutes of Health to study pediatric asthma in the inner-city. Both NCICAS and ICAS demonstrated that providing patient-tailored behavioral and environmental interventions in high-risk, inner-city populations can lead to improved asthma outcomes.

Although NCICAS and ICAS were successful, the findings from these clinical trials had not been replicated in a real-world setting. The CHAMPS study systematically investigated the process of adopting, integrating, implementing, and diffusing a minimum set of evidence-based interventions (derived from NCICAS and ICAS) for the management of childhood asthma, using a case study design that combined qualitative and quantitative methods.

The CHAMPS study adapted components of NCICAS and ICAS and tested the feasibility of implementing these adaptations in three Federally-Qualified Health Centers, building on asthma care practices that were already in place in the individual clinical settings selected for the study.

The CHAMPS intervention demonstrated improvement in patients’ asthma symptoms and reduced asthma-related visits to urgent care and emergency departments.

To learn more about the CHAMPS intervention approach and methodology refer to the Manual.

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