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Dissatisfaction with Asthma Care: Medications a Central Problem

KEY POINT

About one-third of patients are dissatisfied with their asthma therapy, and patients who are unhappy often believe that their medications do not work and that they are unable to adhere to their medication regimens. In addition, these dissatisfied patients, who often have poorly controlled asthma, believe their prescribers do not know their medication preferences and do not involve them in treatment decisions.

SOURCES

Markson LE et al. Insight into patient dissatisfaction with asthma treatment. Arch Intern Med. 2001;161:379–84.

Forshee JD et al. The effectiveness of one-on-one nurse education on the outcomes of high-risk adult and pediatric patients with asthma. Med Interface. 1998;11:82–92.