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    Asthma is under-diagnosed in many parts of the world. We aimed to assess the outcome of a capacitating program on asthma for non-specialist physicians and other healthcare professionals working in the public system in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. A group of 16 asthma specialists developed a one-year capacitating program in 11 healthcare clinics in the Northern District of the city, which included lectures on asthma, training on inhalation device use and spirometry, and development of an asthma management protocol. Researchers visited one health unit 2-4 times monthly, working with doctors on patients' care, discussing cases, and delivering lectures. Asthma education was also directed to the general population, focusing on recognition of signs and symptoms and long-term treatment, including production of educational videos available on YouTube. Outcome measures were the records of doctors' prescriptions of individual asthma medications pre- and post-intervention. Prior to the program, 3205 units of inhaled albuterol and 2876 units of inhaled beclomethasone were delivered by the Northern District pharmacy. After the one-year program, there was increase to 4850 units (51.3%) for inhaled albuterol and 3526 units (22.6%) for inhaled beclomethasone. The albuterol increase followed the recommendation given to the non-specialist doctors by the asthma experts, that every patient with asthma should have inhaled albuterol as a rescue medication, by protocol. No increase was observed in other districts where no capacitating program was conducted. A systematic capacitating program was successful in changing asthma prescription profiles among non-specialist doctors, with increased delivery of inhaled albuterol and beclomethasone.


    Janaina Melo, Adriana Moreno, Virginia Ferriani, Ana Carla Araujo, Elcio Vianna, Marcos Borges, Pérsio Roxo, Marcos Gonçalves, Luane Mello, Rosa Parreira, Jorgete Silva, Patricia Stefanelli, Larissa Panazolo, Andrea Cetlin, Luana Queiroz, Rosângela Araujo, Marina Dias, Davi Aragon, Nélio Domingos, L Karla Arruda. University and public health system partnership: A real-life intervention to improve asthma management. The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma. 2017 May;54(4):411-418

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    PMID: 27715349

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