Controlled evaluation of the effects of patient education on asthma morbidity in general practice

Lancet. 1986 Jan 4;1(8471):26-9. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(86)91904-5.


Two different patient education programmes for asthma in general practice were evaluated in a controlled trial. Knowledge, self management, and morbidity due to asthma were assessed in 339 patients by means of a questionnaire. One group then received a maximum education programme, a second group received a limited education programme, and a third acted as a control group. 274 patients were reassessed after one 1 year. In both the intervention groups, understanding of asthma was greater after the trial. Only in the maximum intervention group was a significant improvement in knowledge of asthma shown. Neither group showed any change in self-management ability or asthma morbidity that differed significantly from changes in the control group. These simple informational education programmes were ineffective when applied to a general practice population. Further studies of factors affecting attitudes, beliefs, and actions are needed to improve the advice and support given to asthma patients.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Asthma / physiopathology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Family Practice
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • London
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Self Care
  • Surveys and Questionnaires