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Feasibility study of a communication and education asthma intervention for general practitioners in Australia


Shah, S and Toelle, BG and Sawyer, SM and Roydhouse, J and Edwards, P and Usherwood, T and Jenkins, CR, Feasibility study of a communication and education asthma intervention for general practitioners in Australia, Australian Journal of Primary Health, 16, (1) pp. 75-80. ISSN 1836-7399 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/py09056


The Physician Asthma Care Education (PACE) program significantly improved asthma prescribing and communication behaviours of primary care paediatricians in the USA. We tested the feasibility and acceptability of a modified PACE program with Australian general practitioners (GP) and measured its impact on self-reported consulting behaviours in a pilot study. Recruitment took place through a local GP division. Twenty-five GP completed two PACE Australia workshops, which incorporated paediatric asthma management consistent with Australian asthma guidelines and focussed on effective communication strategies. Program feasibility, usefulness and perceived benefit were measured by questionnaires before the workshop and 1 month later, and an evaluation questionnaire after each workshop. GP were universally enthusiastic and supportive of the workshops. The most useful elements they reported were communication skills, case studies, device demonstrations and the toolkit provided. GP self reports of the perceived helpfulness of the key communication strategies and their confidence in their application and reported frequency of use increased significantly after the workshops. The PACE program shows promise in improving the way in which Australian GP manage asthma consultations, particularly with regard to doctor-patient communication. The impact ofthe modified PACE Australia program on the processes and outcomes ofGP care ofchildren with asthma is now being measured in a randomised controlled trial.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:paediatric asthma, clinician–patient communication, paediatric asthma management, primary health care
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Roydhouse, J (Dr Jessica Roydhouse)
ID Code:137385
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2020-02-11
Last Modified:2020-03-30

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