For Professionals

A physician's office can schedule a patient appointment directly with the Asthma Center. To schedule a clinic visit, please follow the steps below:

1. Complete an Asthma Center Referral Form
We must have a physician-signed request prior to any patient being seen in our clinic. The form should be printed clearly. 

For Pulmonary Function Testing only, complete the Asthma Center Referral Form and the Pulmonary Function Order Form.

2. Verify patient demographic and insurance information

3. Fax the completed referral form(s) to
404-785-9707

4. Call 404-785-9960 to schedule the appointment
A physician's office can schedule a patient appointment directly with the Asthma Center, or the family can contact the clinic directly to schedule an appointment. 

After receiving the referral, the Asthma Center will contact the family to schedule an initial appointment within three business days.

Asthma Action Plan

An asthma action plan is created together with a patient. A copy of a patient's asthma action plan can be an essential reference for a child’s school, day care center, babysitter, coach, grandparent and anyone else that helps take care of the child. It will help them understand how to recognize and handle an asthma attack. 

Download the electronic version of the asthma action plan, which can be printed, along with tips for teaching the asthma action plan.

If you do not want to complete and print the electronic version, download, print and fill out the asthma action plan for younger children (En Español) and older children (En Español).

AssessingAsthmaControl

Asthma control is defined as:

  • Need for bronchodilator for asthma-related symptoms less than twice a week
  • Persistent coughing or nighttime asthma-related symptoms less than twice a month
  • No exercise or activity limitation
  • Oral corticosteroid use less than twice a year
  • Pulmonary function greater than 80 percent predicted

If your patient’s asthma is not in control, their current therapy should be adjusted.

Signs that your patient would benefit from specialist evaluation:

  • Persistent coughing or wheezing despite aggressive medical management
  • Any asthma-related hospitalization or more than two emergency department visits in the past year
  • Life-threatening asthma episode
  • Need for additional education about adherence and trigger avoidance
  • Other medical diagnoses that make asthma worse or difficult to diagnose
  • Persistent allergy symptoms despite medical intervention

It is challenging to diagnose and manage patients who only experience shortness of breath or coughing with increased activity, especially if they are self-limiting activity. In this instance, lung function tests can effectively assess the role asthma is playing in the limitation.

Full body plethysmography and bronchoprovocation testing is available at each Children's Healthcare of Atlanta hospital. Compared to simple spirometry, these tests provide a more comprehensive evaluation of hyperinflation, total lung capacity and bronchial hyper-reactivity. This may be the only accurate way to diagnosis asthma or assess control in patients who are elite athletes, obese, poor perceivers or deconditioned.

The Children's Asthma Center at Hughes Spalding offers evaluations (in one to two visits) that include identification of triggers, full lung testing and asthma education for patients having difficulty controlling their symptoms.

Call 404-785-9960 for more information.