Review: Individualized written action plans based on peak expiratory flow improve asthma health outcomes

Greenstone, Michael
September 2004
ACP Journal Club;Sep/Oct2004, Vol. 141 Issue 2, p52
Academic Journal
This article investigates whether individualized written action plans for patients improve asthma health outcomes. Outcomes were analyzed according to variations in action plans: the number of action points, personal best or percentage predicted peak expiratory flow," traffic light" action plan (colors used to signal the continuation of usual treatment green, increasing treatment yellow, or the need to seek help urgently red), and use of inhaled corticosteroids and oral corticosteroids. In patients with asthma, individualized written action plans based on peak expiratory flow, 2 to 4 action points, and treatment instruction on the use of both inhaled and oral corticosteroids improve asthma health outcomes.


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