Asthma disease management - Australian pharmacists' interventions improve patients' asthma knowledge and this is sustained

Saini, Bandana, LeMay, Kate, Emmerton, Lynne, Krass, Ines, Smith, Lorraine, Bosnic-Anticevich, Sinthia, Stewart, Kay, Burton, Deborah and Armour, Carol (2011) Asthma disease management - Australian pharmacists' interventions improve patients' asthma knowledge and this is sustained. Patient Education and Counseling, 83 3: 295-302. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2011.05.001

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Author Saini, Bandana
LeMay, Kate
Emmerton, Lynne
Krass, Ines
Smith, Lorraine
Bosnic-Anticevich, Sinthia
Stewart, Kay
Burton, Deborah
Armour, Carol
Title Asthma disease management - Australian pharmacists' interventions improve patients' asthma knowledge and this is sustained
Journal name Patient Education and Counseling   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0738-3991
1873-5134
Publication date 2011-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2011.05.001
Volume 83
Issue 3
Start page 295
End page 302
Total pages 8
Editor Lyda Blom
Ines Krass
Place of publication Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland
Publisher Elsevier Ireland
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract Objective: To assess any improvements in knowledge of asthma patients after a tailored education program delivered by pharmacists and measure the sustainability of any improvements. To ascertain patients' perceptions about any changes in their knowledge.
Methods: Ninety-six specially trained pharmacists recruited patients based on their risk of poor asthma control. A tailored intervention was delivered to patients based on individual needs and goals, and was conducted at three or four time points over six months. Asthma knowledge was assessed at the beginning and end of the service, and six and 12 months after it had ended. Patients' perceptions of the impact of the service on their knowledge were explored qualitatively in interviews.
Results: The 96 pharmacists recruited 570 patients, 398 (70%) finished. Asthma knowledge significantly improved as a result of the service (7.65 ± 2.36, n = 561, to 8.78 ± 2.14, n = 393). This improvement was retained for at least 12 months after the service. Patients reported how the knowledge and skills gained had led to a change in the way they managed their asthma.
Conclusion: Improvements in knowledge are achievable and sustainable if pharmacists used targeted educational interventions. Practice implications: Pharmacist educational interventions are an efficient way to improve asthma knowledge in the community.
Keyword Asthma
Knowledge
Self-management
Pharmacist
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special issue: Role of Pharmacy in Patient Education and Counseling

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