The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 80, Issue 7, pp 590–595 | Cite as

Does a Written Asthma Action Plan Reduce Unscheduled Doctor Visits in Children?

  • Su Sien Wong
  • Anna Marie Nathan
  • Jessie de Bruyne
  • Rafdzah Zaki
  • Siti Zurinah Mohd Tahir
Clinical Brief

Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of a written asthma action plan (WAAP) on reducing unscheduled doctor visits, asthma control and quality of life in children with all severities of asthma. This was a randomised controlled, single-blinded study whereby 80 children with asthma were randomly assigned to be either provided a WAAP or verbally counseled . The number of asthmatic exacerbations requiring unscheduled doctor visits, asthma control and quality of life were monitored over 9 mo. At the end of the study, there was no significant difference in the number of unscheduled doctor visits between the 2 groups (p = 0.352). There was no significant difference in asthma control or quality of life between both groups. Hence, the WAAP did not reduce unscheduled doctor visits, nor improve asthma control or quality of life in children with all severities of asthma.

Keywords

Asthma Action plan Pediatrics Quality of life Unscheduled healthcare visits 

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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Su Sien Wong
    • 1
  • Anna Marie Nathan
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jessie de Bruyne
    • 1
    • 3
  • Rafdzah Zaki
    • 2
  • Siti Zurinah Mohd Tahir
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity Malaya Medical CentreKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of MedicineJulius Centre University of Malaya, University Malaya Medical CentreKuala LumpurMalaysia
  3. 3.University Malaya Pediatrics and Child Health Research GroupUniversity MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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