The benefits of providing GPs with the results of a Confidential Enquiry into Asthma Deaths

Richard Holland, Ian Harvey, Brian Harrison

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Aims: Printed materials are used to change behaviour yet evidence suggests they generally have little effect. This survey investigated the impact on GPs of reports from a Confidential Enquiry into Asthma Deaths.

Methods: A random sample of 1 in 4 general practitioners from East Anglia were sent a questionnaire, total = 306. 71% (218) completed the questionnaire.

Results: 80% (117) of those who read reports could identify risk factors for asthma death, compared to 22% (13) of those who had not read reports. The difference (58%) was highly statistically significant, p<0.0001 (95% C.I. 44% to 69%) even after adjusting for various confounding factors including interest in asthma. Furthermore, of those who had read a report, 53% stated these had altered their management of patients.

Conclusion: The findings suggest that locally-generated mailed guidance on a specific major health issue can have an important impact on knowledge and reported clinical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-104
Number of pages2
JournalPrimary Care Respiratory Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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