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Eur Respir J. 2012 May;39(5):1220-9. doi: 10.1183/09031936.00184511. Epub 2012 Jan 26.

A guide to the translation of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) strategy into improved care.

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Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Qu├ębec, Quebec, QC, Canada.


In 1995, the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) published an evidence-based workshop report as a guide to clinicians managing asthma patients, and has updated it annually to ensure that recommendations remain current. Although the report has been widely disseminated and influenced clinical practice and research, its major objective, of forming the basis for local and national initiatives to improve services for asthma patients, remains to be achieved. Over recent years, the science of guideline implementation has progressed, and encouraging examples of successful asthma programmes have been published. This report is intended to draw on this experience and assist with the translation of asthma guideline recommendations into quality programmes for patients with asthma using current knowledge translation principles. It also provides examples of successful initiatives in various socioeconomic settings.

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