Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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Two-year evaluation of an educational program for adult outpatients with asthma

Avaliação de dois anos de um programa educacional para pacientes ambulatoriais adultos com asma

Luciene Angelini, Priscila Games Robles-Ribeiro, Regina Maria de Carvalho-Pinto, Marcos Ribeiro, Alberto Cukier, Rafael Stelmach

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(7):618-627

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Objective: To evaluate the understanding of asthma and the clinical improvement in patients with moderate or severe persistent asthma prior to and after their participation in an educational program presented during the routine outpatient visits. Methods: This was a prospective pilot study involving 164 patients over a two-year period. The educational program, presented to small groups on outpatient visit days, consisted of lectures divided into three parts: pathophysiology; environmental control; and treatment, including training in the inhalation technique. The program was evaluated using standardized questionnaires on clinical improvement and understanding of the disease. Results: By the end of the first year, 120 patients had completed three visits, and 51 of those patients were revaluated at the end of the second year. The mean age of the patients was 44 years, 70% were female, and 43% had up to eight years of schooling. The educational intervention significantly increased the understanding of the disease (p < 0.001), and allowed greater clinical improvement (p < 0.05) with a decrease in the use of oral corticosteroids, fewer visits to the emergency room and fewer days missed from work or school. Conclusions: The educational program offered during the routine outpatient visits of adult patients with asthma at our clinic resulted in a progressive long-term increase in knowledge, as well as in clinical improvement.

 


Keywords: Asthma; Adult; Patient education as topic.

 


 

 


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