n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Chronic adult asthma care - maximising the potential of the consultation : main article

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



The consultation in family practice is a complex and often unpredictable interaction between the doctor and the patient. No two consultations are ever exactly alike and every patient is unique in the way they experience their illness. One model for making sense of a patient's illness experience is to consider not only the biological but also the individual and contextual dimensions. Consulting patients with asthma is not therefore a predictable series of rigid steps or just a matter of following a recipe from the latest guidelines. Nevertheless, there are some components of the consultation that can, with some degree of certainty, be identified as useful and which in general terms will lead to better outcomes. This article attempts to describe these components and to present them in a logical, although not prescriptive, sequence.

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