Clinical e-Audit for asthma management

NPS MedicineWise has released the latest in its series of online clinical e-Audits, this one aimed at helping GPs to review how well their patients' asthma is controlled.

The online audit will help GPs to identify risk factors that may contribute to poor asthma outcomes, and includes asthma treatment for children and adolescents as well as adults.

The clinical e-Audit follows recent survey findings that showed that over half of all respondents to a survey of adults with asthma said they had experienced symptoms in the past four weeks, including wheezing, breathlessness and night waking.

The survey showed that 97 per cent of adults taking asthma medication are confident they are using their medicine correctly, with 57 per cent saying they’re ‘very confident’ in their inhaler technique.

However, this does not match with figures from the Australian Asthma Handbook 2014, which reports that up to 90 per cent of Australians with asthma don’t use their inhaler correctly.

“Many patients think and tell their doctor that they have their asthma under control, but we know that half of all people with asthma live with poor control of their condition and consider this to be normal,” NPS MedicineWise clinical adviser Andrew Boyden said.

The new e-Audit allows GPs to review patients and how well their asthma is actually controlled, and then determine management based on regular review of asthma control.

It also explores the benefits of maintaining a written asthma action plan. Evidence shows that people who are provided with self-management education including a written asthma action plan have around 40 per cent fewer hospital admissions, 20 per cent fewer emergency department visits, 30 per cent fewer unscheduled visits to the doctor, 20 per cent fewer days off work or school and 30 per cent less nocturnal asthma.

Despite this, survey findings indicate that only 18 per cent of those diagnosed with asthma have a written action plan that was written by a doctor.

The asthma clinical e-Audit is recognised for the Practice Incentive Program of the Quality Prescribing Incentive. GPs can earn 40 RACGP CPD points or 30 ACRRM PRPD points for completing the activity.

It is available for free online at the NPS website.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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