Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
International Programs: Turkey
Evaluation of long-term efficacy of an asthma education programme in an outpatient clinic
SSK Sureyyapasa Center for Chest Diseases and Thoracic Surgery
Dr. Adnan Yilmaz
The aim of this study was to evaluate long-term efficacy of a patient education program in an asthma out-patient clinic in Istanbul, Turkey. The study included two groups of adult patients (>16 years); patients were randomized to either the educational group (n=25) or the usual care group (n=27).
The educational group received six education seminars bimonthly for 12 months at the out-patient clinic. A lung physician with prior experience in counseling and teaching asthma patients conducted the seminars. The education seminars included education on signs and symptoms, triggering factors, medications, and inhalation technique.
The study found improvement in emergency department visits, quality of life, and symptoms.
The study concluded that proper drug use and usual care of patients are not sufficient for asthma treatment. Patient education is an important component of therapy in asthma patients.
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