CHP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Publishes Scholarly Paper on Teen Asthma Management

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Community Health Programs nurse practitioner has published a scholarly paper focused on a modern approach to caring for adolescents and children with asthma.

Gina Nickels-Nelson who practices at CHP Berkshire Pediatrics in Pittsfield, has authored "Adolescent Ownership of Asthma Health: A Concept Analysis," which is now published in Wiley Nursing Forum, an academic nursing journal. Nickels-Nelson is a candidate for a doctor of nursing practice degree at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Her paper focuses on the concept of teaching patients "ownership" of their asthma, a chronic medical condition that impairs breathing and requires the use of inhalers for treatment. In addition to its health impacts, asthma can adversely impacts school attendance, participation in sports and other activities. 

Patient "ownership" of health conditions is a newer concept in care and is readily applicable to a variety of chronic health conditions. Nickels-Nelson is already successfully using this new technique in her work with patients at CHP Berkshire Pediatrics.

"Gina has successfully found a way to partner with her pediatric and adolescent patients who suffer from asthma, by using simple techniques to improve breathing, school attendance, sports performances and participation in activities they enjoy," said Dr. Everett Lamm, medical director of CHP.


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