Chronic disease management programmes for adults with asthma (Cochrane review)
posted by WM Admin on 2 June 2015
In this systematic review, the authors investigated the effectiveness of chronic disease management programmes for adults with asthma.
Twenty studies, including 81,746 patients, were analysed in this review, with the authors noting that, overall the studies were of moderate to low methodological quality.
They conclude from their analysis that "chronic disease management programmes for adults with asthma probably improve patients' quality of life, reduce the severity of the asthma, and improve breathing as demonstrated by improved performance in lung function tests after 12 months. It is unclear whether chronic disease management programmes improve the patients' abilities to manage their own asthma or decrease the number of hospitalisations or emergency visits.".
This article is available to read in free full text at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD007988.pub2
Peytremann-Bridevaux I, Arditi C, Gex G, Bridevaux PO, Burnand B. (2015). Chronic disease management programmes for adults with asthma. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 5, CD007988.