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Controlled evaluation of the effects of patient education on asthma morbidity in general practice

Controlled evaluation of the effects of patient education on asthma morbidity in general practice

Lancet 1(8471): 26-29

Two different patient education programmes for asthma in general practice were evaluated in a controlled trial. Knowledge, self management, and morbidity due to asthma were assessed in 339 patients by means of a questionnaire. One group then received a maximum education programme, a second group received a limited education programme, and a third acted as a control group. 274 patients were reassessed after one 1 year. In both the intervention groups, understanding of asthma was greater after the trial. Only in the maximum intervention group was a significant improvement in knowledge of asthma shown. Neither group showed any change in self-management ability or asthma morbidity that differed significantly from changes in the control group. These simple informational education programmes were ineffective when applied to a general practice population. Further studies of factors affecting attitudes, beliefs, and actions are needed to improve the advice and support given to asthma patients.

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Accession: 005052220

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PMID: 2867269

DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(86)91904-5

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