Using asthma diaries
As mentioned, the problem solving process is central to the Women Breathe Free program. The steps in the process, also known as PRIDE, include:
- Problem identification
- Researching and observing your routine
- Identifying goals for asthma management
- Developing a strategy or plan
- Establishing rewards for when goals are achieved
Now that you have completed the first step of problem identification, we will move on to the second step of the process, researching and observing your routine, where you will learn how to use an asthma diary as a tracking tool to observe your asthma management regimen.
The importance of filling out the diary
An asthma diary is a very useful tool for tracking your asthma. Using its graphic format you can record information related to your asthma every day. When you log your peak flow readings, hormonal cycles, symptoms, medication use, triggers, and activities you will get a clearer picture of how these factors may be related and affecting your asthma. Over time, your diary may reveal symptom patterns that may not have been apparent before.
Discussing your asthma diaries with your Health Educator can help you to better understand these patterns and how to address them. Additionally, sharing this information with your physician can help him or her to gain a better understanding of your unique asthma experience, and thus develop a treatment program tailored to your individual needs.