PURPOSE:To assess methods of gaining support from community physicians in incorporating the ACCP aerosol device education handouts into their practice.
METHODS:A total of one hundred random physician offices (pulmonologist, allergist, family practitioners, internist and pediatricians; n=20/group) in San Antonio, Texas were studied. Envelopes where sent to the offices with an example of the handouts and a postage paid postcard marked “personal and confidential” to determine their interest in obtaining these medication delivery device handouts for their patients. The offices that did not respond were contacted by phone and fax. The responders were visited by the respiratory therapist and the office’s willingness to participate was assessed using a six item survey. The respiratory therapist educated the key personnel about the handouts and the ACCP website containing the PDF files. The physician offices received the ACCP Asthma toolkit. The key personnel demonstrated their ability to open and print the handout.
RESULTS:Eighty-seven offices addresses were current. Twenty-two physician offices responded and were visited. Two responders stated they already created handouts to teach patients the proper use of medication delivery devices. Respondents were very likely (9), likely (3) or somewhat likely (8) to use the ACCP handouts. Fifteen responders stated the handouts were very likely and five stated the handouts were likely to be useful. Twenty responders stated the handouts were at the appropriate educational level for their patients. Two responders found the website useful for downloading the handouts.
CONCLUSION:The majority of the offices that responded to the request for a visit and completed the survey found the education handouts useful and at the right educational level. A single mailing with a phone/fax follow-up allowed respiratory therapists to interest 25% of those physicians contacted in utilizing ACCP educational handouts.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:Relatively simple community service projects can encourage physicians to incorporate educational handouts into their practice. A follow-up assessment at 4–6 months will be completed to assess the continued use of these handouts.
DISCLOSURE:Donna Gardner, No Financial Disclosure Information; No Product/Research Disclosure Information