130908 - Can improving GP-patient dialogue improve asthma outcomes?
- : Online
6 hour Category 1 Active Leaning module on rethinking the approach to asthma managementRelevance to General Practice
With a prevalence rate of 10% in Australia, asthma is a national health priority area. The goals of good asthma control are to minimise day and night time symptoms, limitation of activity, airway narrowing, bronchodilator use and risk of adverse outcomes such as exacerbations.
A 2015 study by Reddel et al. surveyed 2,686 Australians with asthma aged over 16 years. The online study used the Asthma Control Test and revealed that:
54.4% of participants were classified as ‘well controlled’
22.7% of participants were ‘not well controlled’
23.0% were ‘very poorly controlled’
45% had poor symptom control
29% required urgent health care for their asthma in the previous 12 months
3% reported they used their preventer inhaler less than five days per week 31% said they used it less than weekly
23% of people with uncontrolled asthma used their preventer less than five days a week
34% of people with uncontrolled asthma did not use any preventer