Open the Lines of Communication!

FEBRUARY 01, 2006

Physicians and patients with asthma need to improve their communication skills. The Global Asthma Physician and Patient (GAPP) survey found that 90% of physicians treating adults reported responsibility for patient education in their office.Yet, 85% said that they spend half or less of their time on patient education.

The preliminary findings also showed a difference in physicians' and patients' views of how well patients followed treatments prescribed by their physicians. Although 66% of the patients reported compliance with their physician's instructions 75% of the time, the physicians estimated that just 30% of their patients actually complied.

The GAPP survey polled 6000 physicians, adult patients with asthma, and parents of children with the condition in 16 countries. The findings from the international research survey were presented recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.