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Free Content How to organise the care of asthma patients [Educational Series: Asthma. Serialised guide. Management of asthma: the essentials of good clinical practice. Number 5 in the series]

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Care of asthma patients must be well organised to ensure their regular follow-up. The quality of care of asthma patients is improved by a partnership between the patients and care givers to achieve the objectives of long-term treatment. Health education for the patient must be progressive, repetitive and adapted to the level of the patient. The goal of health education is treatment adherence and the ability of the patient to participate in the management and control of the condition. Health workers must listen to the patient, teach techniques (particularly drug inhalation) and give information on the disease, the objectives of the treatment, the effects of the drugs prescribed and the organisation of follow-up. A patient card with essential information should be given to the patient. It includes the assessed grade of severity, the patient's best peak expiratory flow, usual long-term treatment prescribed and the dates of the scheduled appointments. An illustration of the inhalation technique is also provided on the patient card to demonstrate how to inhale the drugs. The organisation and coordination of the care givers at different levels of the health services involved in asthma management must be organised, and essential equipment must be made available.

Keywords: asthma; care; health education, self management; organisation

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France

Publication date: 2006-06-01

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  • The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease publishes articles on all aspects of lung health, including public health-related issues such as training programmes, cost-benefit analysis, legislation, epidemiology, intervention studies and health systems research. The IJTLD is dedicated to the continuing education of physicians and health personnel and the dissemination of information on tuberculosis and lung health world-wide.

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