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Patient Educ Couns. 2002 Aug;47(4):355-60.

Asthma education tailored to individual patient needs can optimise partnerships in asthma self-management.

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  • 1Department of General Practice/Family Medicine, University Medical Centre St Radboud Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


This paper studies the effects of patient education, tailored to individual needs of patients as part of an asthma self-management program. A tailored education program was designed which took into account individual information needs of patients by using a feedback instrument. Totally 98 steroid dependent asthmatics entered the tailored education program, 95 patients received usual care. Outcome measures were information exchanged and patient satisfaction. Study duration was 6 months. Patients in the tailored education group showed a significant reduction in information need (P=0.005). Patient satisfaction increased from 87.9 to 93.7 in this group while this did not change in the usual care group (P=0.000). Use of this tailored education program improved the GP-patient interaction within the context of a clinically effective asthma self-management program. Findings from this study may be applicable to other chronic conditions as well.

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