Using the IHAT to Assess and Reduce Asthma Triggers
- The IHAT is designed to assess for In-Home Asthma Triggers, and to assist in pinpointing potential improvements to help reduce in-home asthma triggers.
- Use the IHAT to help create a Family Action Plan to help the client make improvements to reduce in-home asthma triggers
- Involve the client in the IHAT to help get the best answers. Certain inspection-based questions may be best to do on your own.
- Conduct an IHAT as both an initial assessment, and then reconduct it as a follow up assessment to document improvements in in-home asthma triggers due to intervention.
- A reduced IHAT score indicates improvement. You can calculate improvements as a percentage for documentation and reports.
- Create a Family Action Plan (FAP) with recommended improvements for the client.
- Certain in-home asthma triggers are house-based, such as leaks. Certain triggers, however, are client-based, such as smoking, hygiene, and spray and cleaner use. How you address these client-based triggers will depend on your relationship to the client.
- Focus areas for improvement on IHAT questions and sections where the client scored high.
- Use the Tip Library to help create the FAP.
- If possible, provide resources for areas needing improvement.
- The resources that are available will differ depending on your program.
- When no resources are available, attempt to provide an educational resource.
- Update Resource Library as new programs become available.
Adapting the IHAT
- The IHAT can be adapted to meet your program needs
- This may result in the need to raise or lower the total possible IHAT score.
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