Scottish asthma management initiative

G. Hoskins, R.G. Neville, C. Mccowan, B. Smith, R.A. Clark, I.W. Ricketts

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OBJECTIVES: To describe the development process of a system that links audit, research and patient care and to detail the lessons learned from establishing a Scotland wide asthma management initiative. DESIGN, SETTING AND SUBJECTS: Health Boards and practices throughout Scotland were invited to participate in an initiative which links review of care, guideline implementation, chronic disease management (CDM) approval and post-graduate education for doctors (PGEA) and nurses (PREP). Participating practices were given the materials to review 30 patients randomly selected from their asthma register. Health service resource use and drugs prescribed over a retrospective 12 month period were recorded for each patient using paper or electronic materials. All patients were invited for clinical assessment. RESULTS: A two-tier management system proved effective. Twelve of the 15 Scottish health authorities agreed to recognise the audit for automatic CDM approval although the negotiation process was prolonged; 566 practices from all parts of Scotland have expressed an interest in the initiative. Provision of distance learning material linked to PGEA accreditation is free to general practitioners (GP's) and is a useful incentive for participation. To date 42 GPs have completed the distance learning element. CONCLUSION: The Scottish Asthma Management Initiative has provided the opportunity for all sectors of the health service in Scotland to work together to explore innovative ways to improve the management and care of chronic disease. Participation in an initiative linked to guidelines, education and CDM approval is an excellent way to facilitate health professionals to improve care.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)478-488
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Bulletin
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2000

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