Bereznicki, BJ and Beggs, S and Duff, C and Bereznicki, L, Adherence to management guidelines for childhood asthma in Australia, Australian Family Physician, 44, (12) pp. 933-938. ISSN 0300-8495 (2015) [Refereed Article]
Copyright 2015 The Royal Australian College of General practitioners
Official URL: http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2015/december/
Background: Little is known about doctorsí treatment preferences for childhood asthma.
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate adherence to management guidelines for childhood asthma.
Methods: One thousand general practitioners (GPs) and paediatric specialists in Australia were invited to take part in a survey, which collected demographic details and explored their familiarity with and adherence to childhood asthma management guidelines.
Results: Two hundred doctors (20% response rate) responded and were eligible for inclusion in the survey. Approximately half (54.5%) of the respondents were very familiar with at least one of the childhood asthma management guidelines. The majority of respondents (86.8%) followed guideline recommendations when prescribing initial maintenance therapy for childhood asthma, while 89.2% and 68.0% followed guideline recommendations regarding step-up and step-down therapy respectively.
Discussion: Overall familiarity with childhood asthma management guidelines could be improved. There is scope for improvement in the adherence to these guidelines when prescribing medication in childhood asthma, particularly for step-down therapy.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Research Division:||Biomedical and Clinical Sciences|
|Research Group:||Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences|
|Research Field:||Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice|
|Objective Group:||Other health|
|Objective Field:||Other health not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Bereznicki, BJ (Dr Bonnie Bereznicki)|
|UTAS Author:||Beggs, S (Dr Sean Beggs)|
|UTAS Author:||Duff, C (Miss Caitlin Duff)|
|UTAS Author:||Bereznicki, L (Professor Luke Bereznicki)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||6|
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