Hospital-based Asthma Education
Annually, 500 relatively young Canadians die of asthma. Extrapolation from other studies suggests that about 80% of these deaths are avoidable and occur because of poor control of asthma over the long term, failure of patients (and physicians) to appreciate the severity of exacerbations, and failure by both patients and often physicians to respond appropriately even after the seriousness of the situation has been recognized.
Since a number of studies have previously shown that asthma morbidity can be considerably decreased by appropriate patient education programs, it would appear reasonable to conclude that increasing and improving such programs to empower patients to undertake their own self-care should improve morbidity and mortality due to asthma while at the same time improving patients’ quality of life and reducing costs due to emergency department (ED) and hospital ward admissions more lincomycin 500 mg. Since approximately 50% of the $600 million annual cost of asthma treatment relates to hospital costs, reducing hospitalization due to asthma should have a significant impact on this $300 million component of asthma care costs.
Potential Advantages of Hospital-based Programs
As with most life-style issues relating to improved health care or maintenance, education programs appear to be most effective and best attended when they take place in the same location and at the same time as visits for evaluation, treatment, and follow-up of the condition rather than at some other location where only health maintenance education is carried out. This appears to be the case with smoking withdrawal programs, for example. Thus, hospital ward and ED-based asthma education programs can benefit from the fact that there are knowledgeable health professionals on site who can readily be trained to provide appropriate education to patients with asthma. This would also allow the concentration of learning resources that could easily be made available to patients who during their treatment in the emergency department (ED) for asthma exacerbations and while hospitalized on the wards constitute a captive and motivated audience.