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Prospective controlled evaluation of the effect of a community based asthma education centre in a multiracial working class neighbourhood.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Thorax
Publication Date
Volume
49
Issue
10
Pages
976–983
Identifiers
PMID: 7974314
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The main effects of education were on asthma knowledge and self-management skills, whilst improvements in asthma morbidity were small. Potential reasons for this include heterogeneous study population (in terms of baseline self-management skills, asthma severity, ethnicity and age), pragmatic study design, insensitivity of many of the measurements of morbidity, the modest effectiveness of a single time limited education programme, and inability to limit the effects of such a large community based study to the intervention group (there was a 67% reduction in asthma admissions during the study period from the geographical area targeted compared with a 22% reduction for the rest of Auckland).

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