Delivering optimal care to the person with asthma: what are the key components and what do we mean by patient education?

M. R. Partridge
1995 European Respiratory Journal  
D De el li iv ve er ri in ng g o op pt ti im ma al l c ca ar re e t to o t th he e p pe er rs so on n w wi it th h a as st th hm ma a: : w wh ha at t a ar re e t th he e k ke ey y c co om mp po on ne en nt ts s a an nd d w wh ha at t d do o w we e m me ea an n b by y p pa at ti ie en nt t e ed du uc ca at ti io on n? ? M.R. Partridge Delivering optimal care to the person with asthma: what are the key components and what do we mean by patient education? M.R. Partridge. ERS Journals Ltd 1995.
more » ... urnals Ltd 1995. ABSTRACT: The new understanding of the pathogenesis of asthma has led to an increasing perception of the disease as a chronic condition, rather than one consisting of acute exacerbations. Health professionals need to help patients to accept this new understanding, and this involves a consideration of how best to deliver care and how best to enhance compliance. Good communication is essential, and structured patient education has now been shown to be cost effective. All health professionals need to think how education may best be incorporated into their care. Such care will involve the development of a partnership between health professional and the patient and their loved ones, and the acquisition by patients of skills in self-management. Several unknowns remain regarding who benefits more from group education as opposed to individual education, and some details of guided self-management. However, in the face of clear evidence of the benefits of patient education, these areas for further study should not delay the adoption of a strong commitment to education by all of those who care for those with asthma.
doi:10.1183/09031936.95.08020298 pmid:7758566 fatcat:xz7wbwg6mzew3gvixpantrg2ui