Talking Allergies

Doctor–Patient Communication Key to Good Asthma Management
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Author:  _Susan_ [ Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:59 am ]
Post subject:  Doctor–Patient Communication Key to Good Asthma Management

MedWire News: Changing an asthma patient’s inhaler device without their consent can damage the doctor–patient relationship and may even result in poorer asthma control, UK researchers warn.

“Previous research has shown that asthma control is better when the treatment has been properly justified and negotiated with the patient, and training in the actuation and use of the asthma device provided,” explain Scott Doyle (Oxford Outcomes, Oxford) and team. ... ood_doctor–patient_communication_key_to_good_asthma_management__.html

Sometimes I wonder why studies need to be done because somethings seem intuitive. If you are going to make a change in medication, advise the patient of it, the new medicines name, the dosage, how to use it, why it's better and how the patient should percieve results.

Either I have always had good Dr.'s or I just ask a lot of questions...

Also, pharmacists are taking on a larger role as members of your health care team and not just dispensers of controlled substances. Most pharmacists will notice that this is a new prescription and clairify the treatment including training on inhalers, contra-indications, side effects etc.

Author:  dalbai [ Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Doctor–Patient Communication Key to Good Asthma Management

Unfortunately not everyone has a good dr. My family Dr is in my opinion not very good at all. He breezes in and is in the exam room a minute at the most. Usually doesn't listen and brushes off almost every concern. I don't know what I would have done if I didn't discover my allergist 2 years ago. My asthma was poorly controlled and I was on the wrong inhalers. Unfortunately I am lucky to have a family dr at all here, many do not. At least he will give referrals to specialists if needed. I have found walk in clinics where they do not know my history more useful. It takes 3 to 6 months to even get an appointment with my dr. My kids have not been seen by him in 5 years.

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