One Minute Asthma training provides effective,
practical, low-cost, hands-on training for health
professionals in the basics of asthma and the
devices used to treat it. It promotes a consistent
approach to asthma care that will lead to more
efficient use of resources by professionals
and patients. This peer-based distance-learning
program is based on three principles:
Every professional who interacts with a patient
should be competent to provide education.
education should take place at every visit
education will be delivered in one to five
Assessment. Identifies what participants
need to learn and then ensures that their goals
have been met.
Hands-on practice and video scoring.
Ensures that the trainees understand how to
use the various asthma treatment devices.
Duration. Seven to ten hours
depending on previous knowledge: three to six
hours of individual study and four hours of
peer learning and conference calls.
Site. Can be held at any site.
Cost. $995 for a group of six
Since June 2001, more than 20 groups of school nurses,
asthma case managers, respiratory therapists,
office nurses, nurse practitioner students and
health department nurses greatly improved their:
• Asthma knowledge
• Skill in use of asthma treatment devices
• Ability to educate patients and professionals
• Ability to communicate with patients
and colleagues as a result of the One minute
Dr. Plaut’s qualifications:
Pediatrician; Scientific Fellow, American
College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Asthma educator for patients and professionals
for 25 years.
Consultant to HMOs, government agencies,
professional groups and publications.
Developed the Asthma Peak Flow Diary and the Asthma Signs Diary (for children under 5) and corresponding asthma action plans.
Children With Asthma: A Manual for Parents*
One Minute Asthma: What You Need to Know
Asthma Charts and Forms for the Physician’s
Dr. Tom Plaut’s Asthma Guide for People
of All Ages.