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Asthma patients can take control

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Giving patients control over their asthma education helps to reduce visits to A&E, say UK and Australian researchers.

Around 150 adults presenting to A&E with acute asthma were randomised to a patient-centred education group, where they were allowed to order topics according to their own priority, or to a standard education group.

At four months, re-attendance rates to the emergency department stayed the same
at 23% for the standard education group but fell from 22% to 12% in the patient-centred education group.

‘The patient-centred education approach acknowledges that different patients with asthma may need specific information related to certain topics at different times in their life,’ said the authors.

European Respiratory Journal (2008) 31: 990–997

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