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Section II. Presentations and Panel Discussions
Effective Intervention for Asthma
Leslie Boss, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Epidemiologist, Environmental Health Division, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Day 2, Afternoon Session
Dr. Boss presented a model for continuously generating and refining interventions through ongoing translation of research findings. She gave some examples of translated interventions in the field of asthma control and treatment. For effective interventions to be widely adopted, they need to be widely known, evidence-based, appropriate to the target population and setting, well documented in accessible materials, and suitable for implementation by available staff, assuming access to proper training. Through implementation experience, gaps in interventions may be discovered that can then be addressed by further intervention research and translation of these research findings into additional interventions that fill these gaps.
Dr. Boss then provided some examples of asthma interventions based on translation of research findings. These interventions target various age groups (e.g., pre-school age, elementary school age, teens, and adults) in different settings (e.g., health care, school, and home). Information about this ongoing research and translation of research findings into implementation practice may be disseminated by means of the Internet, searchable literature databases, conferences, and various types of publications. More information can be found at the website (www.cdc.gov/asthma/interventions/default.htm).