Knowledge and utilisation of occupational asthma guidelines in primary care

Prim Care Respir J. 2010 Sep;19(3):274-80. doi: 10.4104/pcrj.2010.00047.


Aims: To develop an occupational asthma learning module, which could be used both as an educational tool and to evaluate awareness and usage of clinical guidelines in primary care.

Methods: Healthcare professionals were invited to undertake an interactive BMJ Learning module, developed from existing national occupational asthma guidelines. Participants were invited to record immediate post-module feedback, and were also sent an e-mail questionnaire six weeks later to assess the impact of the module.

Results: In total 1041 healthcare professionals completed the learning module within the first six months, which was associated with significant improvements in knowledge, and predominantly positive feedback. The e-mail follow-up questionnaire demonstrated improved usage and awareness of national occupational asthma guidelines.

Conclusions: Significant barriers remain in ensuring that evidence-based occupational medicine guidelines are adopted in primary care. This project has demonstrated that e-learning offers one method of improving postgraduate medical education in this area, particularly where evidence-based guidelines have already been developed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / diagnosis
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Clinical Competence
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / methods
  • Humans
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis
  • Occupational Diseases / therapy*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Primary Health Care* / standards