An academic, pharmaceutical and practice collaboration to implement asthma guidelines

C. Mccowan, R.G. Neville, G. Hoskins

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AIMS: To investigate whether a patient review service changes the management of asthma in accordance with BTS/SIGN Guidelines. METHODS: An observational study of routine review consultations for patients with asthma registered at 862 practices throughout the United Kingdom. Practices recorded reviews on a computer template and returned the information to an academic unit for analysis. RESULTS: 41,493 patients had data returned with 14,790 (36 patients reporting symptoms at rest or on a daily basis and 15,840 (38 patients overusing their short-acting ?2-agonist. 4,556 (74 of patients with symptoms who had a subsequent consultation reported a reduction in their symptoms, whilst 3,932 (63 reported a reduction in short-acting ?2-agonist use. Night-time, daytime, and activity symptom scores, and short-acting ?2-agonist use, were significantly reduced for patients reviewed more than once. CONCLUSION: There are a large proportion of patients suffering symptoms at rest or on a daily basis. There was a significant reduction in symptom levels and use of reliever medication for patients who were reviewed. A review service implementing the BTS/SIGN guidelines for asthma management would seem to improve patient outcomes.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)106-111
Number of pages6
JournalPrimary Care Respiratory Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2005

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