Understanding what helps or hinders asthma action plan use: a systematic review and synthesis of the qualitative literature

Ring, N., Jepson, R., Hoskins, G., Wilson, C., Pinnock, H., Sheikh, A. and Wyke, S. (2011) Understanding what helps or hinders asthma action plan use: a systematic review and synthesis of the qualitative literature. Patient Education and Counseling, 85, e131-e143. (doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2011.01.025)

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Abstract

<p>Objective: To understand better what helps and/or hinders asthma action plan use from the professionals and patients/carers perspective.</p> <p>Methods: Systematic review and qualitative synthesis (using meta-ethnography).</p> <p>Results: Nineteen studies (20 papers) were included in an analysis of patients/carers’ and professionals’ views. Seven main influences on action plan implementation were identified including perceived un-helpfulness and irrelevance of the plans. Translation and synthesis of the original authors’ interpretations suggested that action plan promotion and use was influenced by professional and patient/carers’ asthma beliefs and attitudes and patient/carer experiences of managing asthma. Action plan use is hindered because professionals and patients/carers have different explanatory models of asthma, its management and their respective roles in the management process. Patients/carers, based on their experiential knowledge of their condition, perceive themselves as capable, effective in managing their asthma, but health professionals do not always share this view.</p> <p>Conclusion: Professionally provided medically focused action plans that do not ‘fit’ with and incorporate the patients’/carers’ views of asthma, and their management strategies, will continue to be under-utilised.</p> <p>Practice implications: Professionals need to develop a more patient-centred, partnership-based, approach to the joint development and review of action plans, recognising the experiential asthma knowledge of patients/carers.</p>

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wyke, Professor Sally
Authors: Ring, N., Jepson, R., Hoskins, G., Wilson, C., Pinnock, H., Sheikh, A., and Wyke, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:Patient Education and Counseling
ISSN:0738-3991
ISSN (Online):1873-5134
Published Online:10 March 2011

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