Abstract: Objective: To investigate and compare how Latin American physicians rate themselves on the use of communication strategies in the management of asthma patients, and to explore their personal experience and opinions on asthma treatment. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of physicians attending international medical conferences in Latin America was conducted. Participants rated themselves on frequency of use of 24 communication strategies using a 5-point Likert scale. For statistical analysis, self-rating responses were divided into two classes: very likely to (always or often on a Likert scale) and not very likely to (sometimes, seldom or never on a Likert scale). Participants also answered 4 multiple choice questions about management of asthma patients. Overall responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Chi-square. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to evaluate self-ratings by country, gender, practice area (GP or specialist) and age. Results: A total of 304 physicians from Ecuador, Argentina and Peru responded. Overall, the majority of respondents rated themselves very likely to use 21 of the 24 communication strategies. Some significant differences were observed in self-ratings among physicians from different countries, between males and females, between GPs and specialists and between younger and older physicians. Responses to the multiple choice questions showed that 79.6% of the respondents believed that most or almost all patients can achieve asthma control. Conclusions: A high percentage of the Latin American physicians surveyed rated themselves very likely to use good communication strategies when managing asthma patients and felt that asthma control can be achieved in most or almost all patients.
|Titolo:||Patient-physician relationship in the management of asthma: Multicentric approach in Latin America|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|
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