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Group plus individual education improved quality of life and lung function in patients with asthma

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Question Does an education programme improve health related quality of life and lung function in patients with mild to moderate asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?


Randomised, single blind (blinded assessment of spirometry results), controlled trial with follow up at 12 months.


An outpatient chest clinic at a hospital in Norway.


140 consecutive patients (mean age 49 y, 61% women) with bronchial asthma or COPD who were 18–70 years of age and did not have unstable ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, serious hypertension, diabetes mellitus, or kidney or liver failure. Patients with asthma had to have ≥80% of predicted forced expiratory volume at 1 second (FEV1) in stable phase and 1 of a positive reversibility test, documented 20% spontaneous variability (peak expiratory flow …

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  • Source of funding: Norwegian Medical Association.

  • For correspondence: Dr F Gallefoss, Section of Pulmonary Medicine, Medical Department, Vest-Agder Central Hospital, 4604 Kristiansand S, Norway.