Did the Asthma-Guidelines Reach the Patients? A Survey of Members of a Private Health Insurance

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2011.060

german translation / full article

Heinz Harald Abholz, Cornelia-Christine Schürer-Maly, Michael Pentzek, Susanne Römer, Martin Butzlaff, Nik Koneczny

Keywords: asthma-inhaler disease-control patient education self-managemment

Background: Though mortality due to asthma has substantially declined in Germany, studies point to still unmet medical needs of patients with asthma.

Method: Questionnaires were mailed to members of a private health insurance provider, Allianz Private Krankenversicherungs-AG, to monitor their knowledge about asthma and its management.

Results: Only one fifth of respondents of our questionnaire (altogether 16 %), used their asthmainhalers correctly, only one third used a peak-flow meter or had an emergency plan. Only thirty percent had ever attended an educational program. According to guideline standards, two thirds of the respondents were partly or non-controlled.

Conclusions: Even members of a private health insurance company, who supposedly possess a good general education, have substantial deficits in asthma treatment. The reasons for this cannot be elucidated through our survey. More patient education might improve this situation.

(State: 07.02.2011)

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