PURPOSE: Medical Residents are among the front line clinicians in a tertiary hospital. Their perceptions, attitudes and practices have implications in providing asthma care.
METHODS: A 15 question multiple choice of asthma knowledge based on the latest GINA Guidelines was used and were distributed among Medical Residents. The data were analyzed per planned forma.
RESULTS: Thirty one(31) respondents were included in the study. The mean age was 27.2 and 70.9 % were females. Seventy one percent (71%) had shown that the clinical diagnosis of asthma consisted of episodic breathlessness, cough and wheezing. Spirometry was not part of diagnosis in asthma in sixty eight percent (68%) of the respondents but in majority of them (85%) know how to interpret spirometric findings consistent with asthma. Eighty four percent (84%) of respondents follow up stable asthmatics quarterly and sixty five percent (65%) of them quarterly adjust their medications in stable patients. Sixty five percent (65%) do not do routine peak flow monitoring. Only sixty five percent (65%) of them know the proper inhaler technique and sixty eight percent (68%) of them teach inhaler techniques to their patients. Only sixty five percent (65%) have asthma control plans. Seventy four percent (74%) of them are aware of and had read the latest GINA guidelines.
CONCLUSION: Despite existence of asthma guidelines, these findings suggest a pressing need for further educational programs directed among Medical Residents.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Knowledge, attitudes and practices in asthma among front line providers have a great impact in the management of asthma.
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