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The Emotional Needs of Allergic and Asthmatic Patients and Their Families

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Abstract:

This article describes the emotional needs of allergic and asthmatic patients and their families that must be addressed if optimal management and well-being is to be achieved. Health care professionals need to recognize the psychosocial issues of patients and parents, which include the effect of stressors, illness perceptions, fears, and concerns and that the management of asthma and allergies requires a team effort, involving a wide variety of health care professionals, e.g., physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, teachers, as well as involvement of voluntary health organizations and local support groups. Asthma self-management educational programs address these emotional needs and provide the foundation for gaining control.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2500/108854198778557845

Publication date: July 1, 1998

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

    Articles marked "F" offer free full text for personal noncommercial use only.

    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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