Clear communication for better asthma control in adults - QI&CPD - Category 2

Duration

2 hrs

Profession

Physician

# of Credits

4.0

Accreditation

QI & CPD - Category 2

Expiry Date

2021-07-01

Australia has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world. The way in which clinicians perceive their patients' asthma control may influence asthma management. A sub-study of the Australian Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program surveyed 2563 patients from 103 GPs. Asthma control was measured using the Asthma Control Questionnaire 5-item version (ACQ-5). GPs believed asthma was well controlled in 74.5% of patients and 77.4% of patients felt that asthma had little or no impact on their lives. However, the grouped ACQ- 5 scores showed only 52.2% patients to be classified as ‘well controlled’ and 31.8% ‘uncontrolled’, suggesting that the patients’ asthma was less well controlled than either GPs or patients perceived.

This activity has been approved by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners QI&CPD Program. Total Points: 4.00 Point(s) (Category 2)

Associate Professor Charlotte Hespe
MBBS (Hons), FRACGP, DCH (Lon), FAICD, GCUT (UNDA)
Head of General Practice and Primary Care Research,
University of Notre Dame Australia - School of Medicine, Sydney
Chair, RACGP NSW/ACT
Director, Central and Eastern Sydney PHN
Director, Glebe Family Medical Practice, NSW

Kerry Lyn Hancock
BMBS
GP, Chandlers Hill Surgery,
Happy Valley SA
Member COPD National Program Committee,
Lung Foundation Australia

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Educate patients about their asthma management with increased confidence
  2. Effectively communicate patient-centred approaches to optimise asthma control
  3. Develop individualised approaches to achieve asthma control in adults, taking into account factors that may hinder or facilitate self-management


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