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Stuart W. Stoloff, MD, FAAAAI, FAAFP
On May 20, 2009 @ 2:26 pm In
Maintained a private practice specializing in family medicine in Carson City, Nevada since 1978 and is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
He is a member of the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) Science Base Committee for monitoring world asthma research literature, and a member of the Expert Medical Panels 2 & 3 responsible for the NAEPP Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. He also served as a member of both the Working Group on Pregnancy and Asthma of the NAEPP and the Expert Medical Panel for “Pediatric Asthma” Promoting Best Practice Guide for Managing Asthma in Children. He is Vice Chair of the NAEPP Practical Guide Dissemination Initiative of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI), and a member of the AAAAI Task Force on Allergic Disorders. He is also a member of the US COPD Coalition.
Dr. Stoloff has published extensively and serves on the editorial advisory board of Respiratory Digest. He is also a reviewer for: The Journal of Pediatrics, European Respiratory Journal, Journal of the American Medical Association, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, American Family Physician, and the Journal of Respiratory Disease.
He was the recipient of the Special Service Award 2000 of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and named Nevada Family Physician of the year in 1997.
Dr. Stoloff is a graduate of the University of Arizona and completed his medical training at Temple University School of Medicine. Both his surgical internship and family practice residency were done at the University of Utah Medical Center.
Dr. Stoloff’s statement:
In August 2007, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute as part of the National Institutes of Health released the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. This document was the culmination of three and one half years of intensive research of the world’s literature on asthma. As an evidence-based report the document provides the most current recommendations for the care of all patients with asthma including: infants, children, pregnant women, as well as the older population. The document is only as good as the incorporation of its recommendations into practice by all health care providers and others who deal with the care of patients with asthma.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported the incidence of asthma in children at 6.8 million which is one out of every nine children under the age of eighteen. As a member of the expert panel on asthma and as one of the authors of the panel’s reports since 1995, I am committed to both the dissemination and implementation of the recommendations of this report. We cannot continue to have 13 million lost school days each year due to asthma events in children.
This disease, while not curable, is very treatable. The key focus of the new guidelines is both gaining and maintaining control of asthma. Control means being able to go to school, work and sleep through the night; having normal lung function; being able to participate in all activities including sports; not having to use quick relief inhalers frequently; and decreasing risks for emergency room visits or hospitalizations. Quality of life can and should be maintained by incorporating the key concepts of the report into practical application.
It is imperative that we all work together to educate the public about the value of good asthma care. There should be no barriers for patients with asthma to receive asthma care founded on the principals of these guidelines. Recent medical literature has supported the practical application of the guidelines in schools, health systems, and in community projects organized by community leaders. It is imperative that continued efforts in improving asthma care address the health care needs of all patients especially those of underserved populations including minorities.
Children are our future. If we do not adequately address their health care needs all of us will suffer. Guidelines challenge us to improve care. We need to do it now. In the midst of the greatest overhaul of our healthcare system we should never forget that the focus needs to remain on the quality of patient care — and where better to start than with children who suffer from asthma?
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