© 2015 ERS. We assessed the effectiveness of an asthma educational programme based on a repeated short intervention (AEP-RSI) to improve asthma control (symptom control and future risk) and quality of life. A total of 230 adults with mild-to-moderate persistent uncontrolled asthma participated in a 1-year cluster randomised controlled multicentre study. The AEP-RSI was given in four face-to-face sessions at 3-month intervals, and included administration of a written personalised action plan and training on inhaler technique. Centres were randomised to the AEP-RSI (intervention) group or usual clinical practice group. Specialised centres using a standard educational programme were the gold standard group. A significant improvement in the Asthma Control Test score was observed in all three groups (p<0.001), but improvements were higher in the intervention and gold standard groups than in the usual clinical practice group (p=0.042), which also showed fewer exacerbations (mean±SD; 1.20±2.02 and 0.56±1.5 versus 2.04±2.72, respectively) and greater increases in the Mini Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire scores (0.95±1.04 and 0.89±0.84 versus 0.52±0.97, respectively). The AEP-RSI was effective in improving asthma symptom control, future risk and quality of life.
|Journal||European Respiratory Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2015|
Plaza, V., Peiró, M., Torrejón, M., Fletcher, M., López-Viña, A., Ignacio, J. M., Quintano, J. A., Bardagí, S., & Gich, I. (2015). A repeated short educational intervention improves asthma control and quality of life. European Respiratory Journal, 46(5), 1298-1307. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.00458-2015