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Many patients with asthma are reluctant to attend their doctor’s office for routine review appointments. As a result, patients miss the opportunity to have their asthma assessed and their inhaler technique checked; they also forgo introduction to and reinforcement of personalised self-management plans (SMPs). Telephone consultations address some of these issues.1 The article by van der Meer and colleagues offers another type of solution to the problem of non-attendance for face-to-face consultations. Their randomised controlled trial compared Internet-based self-management plus education with usual care in asthma.
During a run-in period, the researchers …
Competing interests ML has accepted sponsorship to attend conferences, fees for lecturing, and fees for participation on advisory boards for the following companies: GlaxoSmithKline, Boehringer Ingelheim, MEDA Pharmaceuticals, Chiesi, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Nycomed.
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