Journal of Public Health

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 21–29 | Cite as

The characteristics of diagnosis, patient care and education of asthma and COPD patients from the perspective of the actors in the Hungarian healthcare system

  • Alpár Horváth
  • Ágnes Jókay
  • Árpád Farkas
  • Gábor Tomisa
Original Article



In our study, we wanted to assess the workload under which health professionals work with asthmatic and COPD patients, the average time spent on investigation, patient care, patient education and on checking their previously acquired knowledge. We also wanted to know who educates these patients to the proper use of inhalation devices and how often they check their usage.

Subject and methods

We have conducted personal interviews and online surveys among health professionals. We made distinguished time spent on “freshly” diagnosed patients, routine control examinations and previously diagnosed patients. Participants: asthma nurses from the pulmonary care network, hospital departments, specialized practices and pulmonary care units; pulmonologists; specialists from internal medicine departments and emergency health care centres and GPs (general practitioners).


Our results show that in every group of healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of these patients, the number of daily meetings between healthcare professionals and patients is remarkably high (an average of 30 patients a day), and there is not enough time for patient education. Checking the proper usage of the device is often skipped and no appropriate educational materials are available.


Patients are not likely to have sufficient knowledge of their disease or the appropriate usage of their inhalation devices. Reorganization of the Hungarian COPD and asthmatic patient care system is needed as soon as possible to provide effective patient education and patient care.


Patient education Asthma Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Use of inhalation devices Patient care Patient examination and education time 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alpár Horváth
    • 1
  • Ágnes Jókay
    • 2
  • Árpád Farkas
    • 2
  • Gábor Tomisa
    • 1
  1. 1.Chiesi Hungary Kft.BudapestHungary
  2. 2.Centre for Energy Research, Hungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

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