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Time, Knowledge, Confidence Limit Adherence to Asthma Guidelines

KEY POINT

While primary care pediatricians are aware of the 1997 National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) asthma guidelines, they rarely follow some of its components because of a variety of “barriers,” according to a recently published survey. Several of the survey findings suggest opportunities for pharmacists to offer specialized services for patients with asthma, as pediatricians indicated they lack sufficient time to teach patients about this disease as well as confidence about their own knowledge of certain aspects of asthma care at which pharmacists typically excel.

SOURCES

Cabana MD et. al. Reasons for pediatrician nonadherence to asthma guidelines. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155:1057–62.