Ulrik, Charlotte Suppli4; Lange, Peter3; Plaschke, Peter Paludan5; Backer, V.4; Søes-Petersen, Ulrik3; Harving, Henrik3
1 Section of Orthopaedics and Internal Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet2 Department of Clinical Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet3 unknown4 Department of Clinical Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet5 Section of Orthopaedics and Internal Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet
Hvor langt er vi - og hvor langt er patienterne?How far are we - and how far are our patients?
INTRODUCTION: Despite the availability of safe and effective therapies for asthma, many patients have sub-optimal asthma control. AIM: To assess the current status with regard to the treatment and monitoring of adult asthmatics and to identify factors of importance for compliance with controller therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Based on information from focus group interviews, we developed a questionnaire focusing on knowledge of asthma, compliance and therapy. The participants (n = 509) answered the questionnaire over the Internet. RESULTS: Approximately 70% of patients were treated with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), whereas 25% were only treated with a short-acting beta2-agonist, 20% of whom had severe asthma. In the preceding year, 46% of patients had their lung function measured. Up to 25% of patients stated that they forgot or deliberately decided not to take their ICS at least twice a week. The most frequent reason for non-compliance was lack of asthma symptoms. Non-compliance was associated with disagreement with the statement that ICS is an essential part of asthma therapy (p<0.002). Self-assessed asthma severity was positively associated with regular scheduled doctor visits (p<0.001) and good compliance (p<0.001). CONCLUSION: The treatment and monitoring of asthma in Denmark is not in accordance with guidelines, e.g. with regard to patient education and the use of spirometry. Non-compliance with controller therapy is frequent, and the reasons seem to be accessible through education of both patients and doctors Udgivelsesdato: 2008/1/21
Ugeskrift for Læger, 2008, Vol 170, Issue 4, p. 230-234