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Adherence to management guidelines for childhood asthma in Australia


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]

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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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:asthma, childhood
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice
Objective Division:Health
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)
ID Code:105113
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2015-12-08
Last Modified:2017-11-15

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