Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 39, Issue 3, March 2010

Impact of structured education and self management on rural asthma outcomes

Ann Larson Jacqueline Ward Leanne Ross David Whyatt Martin Weatherston Louis Landau
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This study trialled the outcome for asthma patients of a brief, nurse led, patient education session with general practice review of an Asthma Action Plan.
Structured general practice based education appears to be an effective preventive health care program, with the potential to reduce expensive unscheduled use of health services.
Eighty-three patients participated. Mean asthma control score decreased but did not reach statistical significance (p=0.124). Quality of life improved for adults (Wilcoxon rank signed test for two related samples p<0.001). The proportion of patients who had one or more unscheduled visits to their general practitioner over 12 months decreased from 23% to 13% (p=0.178) and emergency department presentations decreased from 9% to 4% (p=0.102).

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