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Review: culture-specific programmes improve some asthma-related outcomes in children and adults from ethnic minority groupsCommentary

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Question

Do culture-specific education programmes improve asthma-related outcomes in children and adults from ethnic minority groups?

Review scope

Included studies compared culture-specific asthma education programmes with generic programmes or usual care in children or adults from ethnic minority groups who had asthma. Studies of patients with eosinophilic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, chronic obstructive airway disease, cough variant asthma, or wheezy bronchitis were excluded. Outcomes included asthma control, hospital admission, emergency department (ED) visits, and quality of life.

Review methods

Medline, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Cochrane Airways Group Specialised Trials Register, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and references were searched to May 2008, and authors were contacted for randomised …

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