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

Patient Educ Couns. 2002 Aug;47(4):355-60. doi: 10.1016/s0738-3991(02)00015-0.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Asthma / drug therapy
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Needs Assessment*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Program Development
  • Self Care / methods*