oa Professional Nursing Today - Five steps to optimising asthma control for children : primary healthcare



Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases, affecting at least one in 10 people. It knows no prejudice, affecting people from all social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, unlike tuberculosis, which one would expect to encounter in less privileged societies, and coronary artery disease, which is a disease of affluence. Therefore, no matter where the health care "giver" (i.e. doctor, nurse, pharmacist) practises, he or she will see patients with asthma every day. This interaction with asthmatics is often limited, even in a medical setting - limited to the medical or clinical effects and the treatment of the disease, which are very well known. Less well known, and certainly seldom discussed, are the many issues around asthma care that impact on the high morbidity and cost of this chronic illness.


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