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Asthma: knowledge and practice patterns of Louisiana family physicians.
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PMID:  12139358     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: This study examines the practice patterns of Louisiana family physicians in managing asthma with attention to National Asthma Education Program (NAEP) guidelines. METHODS: A confidential two-page, multiple choice, 24-question survey was faxed to the 550 active members of the Louisiana Academy of Family Practitioners. It included questions related to the use of peak flow meters and pulse oximetry, nedocromil, theophylline, beta 2 agonists, suppressive antibiotics, inhaled steroids, as well as knowledge of published guidelines for classifying and treating asthma. RESULTS: Most of those who participated have an appropriate knowledge of asthma classification, but a sharp drop in the knowledge of the correct management of step 4 asthma was seen. A minority of respondents claimed knowledge of the NIH guidelines, but their management patterns for adult step 1, 2, and 3 asthma were largely in agreement with the guidelines. CONCLUSIONS: Unlike previous studies in the literature, this one shows good knowledge and reported practice compliance with the NAEP guidelines by Louisiana family physicians.
Roger Zoorab; Christopher Wormuth; Michele McCarthy-Larzelere
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society : official organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society     Volume:  154     ISSN:  0024-6921     ISO Abbreviation:  J La State Med Soc     Publication Date:    2002 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-07-25     Completed Date:  2002-08-12     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505618     Medline TA:  J La State Med Soc     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  136-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Asthma* / diagnosis,  drug therapy
Data Collection
Guideline Adherence
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
Physician's Practice Patterns / statistics & numerical data*
Physicians, Family / psychology*
Practice Guidelines as Topic
United States

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