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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: Ohio (cont’d) Back to Index

Measurement of Outcomes in Adults Receiving Pharmaceutical Care in a Comprehensive Asthma Outpatient Clinic

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Daren L. Knoell, Pharm D

(614) 292-0075         


The authors of this study hypothesized that a pharmacist-provided comprehensive education program in conjunction with care provided by a pulmonologist would lead to improved economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes in adults with asthma, compared with similar patients receiving care from a pulmonologist alone.

The pulmonologist evaluated the patient and then consulted with the pharmacist regarding interventions and education provided to the patient. The pharmacist introduced a self management plan and educated the patient about general information on asthma, medications, and triggers. The pharmacist conferred again with the pulmonologist regarding modification to original plan of care. There were at least two sessions during the 45-day study.

The experimental group reported receiving more information about asthma self-management (p=0.001), were more likely to monitor peak flow readings (p=0.004), and had increased satisfaction with care, and perceived higher quality of care. Both groups had reduced lost productivity, fewer emergency department visits, fewer hospitalizations, and fewer physician visits, as well as improvement in symptoms scores within 45 days. Both groups improved in all functional status domains except the mental component score of the SF-12. The results showed a positive impact on outcomes in adults with asthma who received pharmaceutical care.

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