Asthma: the patient's perspective

December 2003
Thorax;Dec2003 Supplement 3, Vol. 58, piii27
Academic Journal
This study evaluated the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a home-based intervention for adults at risk of adverse asthma outcomes. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the Buteyko Institute Method of Breathing Retraining can reduce asthma symptoms, medication and improve quality of life. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of this method for individuals being treated for asthma. Perception of bronchial tone appears to be important in the presentation of patients with respiratory disease. It is recognized that impaired perception of external resistance loads may be observed of a subset of patients who present with near-fatal asthma.


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