AB520        PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS' PRACTICE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ADULT ASTHMA PATIENTS IN SINGAPORE

Author(s): 
Tan NC, Chow MH, Goh P, Goh LG, Lim TK
SINGAPORE
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The management of adult asthma in reality does not appear to correlate well with the various evidence-based guidelines. The study assessed the practice of adult asthma management of 171 primary care doctors exposed to family practice training in Singapore. Group administration of questionnaires was conducted in three settings. The set of questions was devised from the principles of asthma management according to NAEPP and GINA guidelines. The results showed that 86% of participants checked for trigger factors, 78.4% checked PEFR, 53.2% formulate asthma action plan for their patients and 59.6% classified the severity of asthma according to guidelines. The study recommends focused training programs to educate primary care doctors on asthma management.