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Asthma outcomes improved by effective self-management

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Asthma sufferers who are taught to effectively self-manage their condition achieve better outcomes than those who receive conventional health education through outpatient departments, according to a study.

Scientists in Taiwan found that adult patients given self-efficacy training were able to significantly reduce the occurrence of attacks and, when they did occur, they were more able to manage the event themselves.

The most effective behaviours to mitigate the risk of an attack included sticking to medication routines and getting regular exercise, as well as avoiding antigens, such as pollen.

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  • This is hardly news. We have known for well over a decade that teaching patients effective self-management of many chronic conditions, not just asthma, leads to better outcomes, fewer acute exacerbations and a better quality of life for patients. Practice nurses have been applying these principles to asthma, diabetes, COPD, epilepsy and many heart conditions for years. Education of patients is a priority. Most emergency admissions for asthma denote a failure of the educators(i.e. health professionals) to monitor the effectiveness of their information to patients.

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