Did the Asthma-Guidelines Reach the Patients? A Survey of Members of a Private Health Insurance
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2011.060german translation / full article
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.