Asia Pac Allergy.  2012 Jan;2(1):26-34. 10.5415/apallergy.2012.2.1.26.

Educational and decision-support tools for asthma-management guideline implementation

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 110-799, Korea. shcho@plaza.snu.ac.kr
  • 2Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul 110-799, Korea.
  • 3Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam 463-802, Korea.

Abstract

Many international and national asthma guidelines are now available in large parts of the world, but they are not yet implemented appropriately. There is a gap between scientific evidence-based medicine and real clinical practice. Implementation of guidelines is highly complex. Special strategies are needed to encourage guideline-based, high-quality care. It is important to understand the contents, the format, and the learning strategies which physicians prefer for the dissemination of guidelines. Physicians prefer more concise and immediately available guidelines that are practical to use. Thus, asthma guidelines should be disseminated as convenient and easily accessible tools. Various education programs and decision-support tools have been designed and applied to the clinical management of asthma to solve these challenging problems. Many of them have been shown to be effective at increasing physicians' knowledge and adherence to asthma guidelines and improving patients' clinical outcomes. These educational and decision-support tools are expected to contribute to a narrowing of the gap between asthma guidelines and practice/implementation of the guidelines.

Keyword

Asthma; Guideline; Education; Decision-support; Implementation
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