An exploratory study of priority information needs in adult asthma patients

Ann Louise Caress, Karen Luker, Ashley Woodcock, Kinta Beaver

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to gain insight into patients' perspectives on key information needs regarding their asthma. Focused conversation-style interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of 32 patients (aged 18-84 years; males=17, females=15) from five sites (four primary care, one secondary care) in North West England. Interviews were tape recorded and transcribed verbatim, then subjected to line-by-line content analysis. Nine core information needs were identified: current medications; new therapies; medication side effects; triggers of an asthma attack; lifestyle issues; asthma causation; effects of asthma; long term outcome; and symptom control. Individual differences in information need were apparent, as were differences according to asthma severity. The findings highlight some of the challenges facing health professionals when information-giving. The study's findings could be used in a clinical context to facilitate discussion or to tailor information, and could also provide a basis for future quantitative studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-327
Number of pages9
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume47
Issue number4
Early online date29 Jan 2002
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Caress, Ann Louise ; Luker, Karen ; Woodcock, Ashley ; Beaver, Kinta. / An exploratory study of priority information needs in adult asthma patients. In: Patient Education and Counseling. 2002 ; Vol. 47, No. 4. pp. 319-327.
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In: Patient Education and Counseling, Vol. 47, No. 4, 10.08.2002, p. 319-327.

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