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Asthma education must take account of ethnicity

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Asthma education programmes specifically designed for people from ethnic minorities can significantly improve outcomes, according to the findings of a Cochrane Review.

Cochrane researchers studied data from three clinical trials comparing culture-specific programmes with generic asthma education programmes or usual care.

They found that the culture-specific programmes were superior in improving both quality of life and asthma knowledge.

However, the researchers found no difference between the two groups in occurrence of asthma exacerbations.

Lead researcher Emily Bailey, from the child health division of the Menzies School of Health Research in Queensland, Australia, said: ‘We would be hopeful that with increased knowledge, people would be able to better manage their asthma and this would perhaps have an effect on the incidence of asthma exacerbations.’

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