Is Clinical Judgment of Asthma Control Adequate? A prospective survey in a tertiary hospital pulmonary clinic

Sawsan Baddar, B. Jayakrishnan, Omar Al-Rawas, Jojy George, Khalfan Al-Zeedy

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Abstract

Objectives: Asthma control is often difficult to measure. The aim of this study was to compare physicians' personal clinical assessments of asthma control with the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) scoring. Methods: Physicians in the adult pulmonary clinics of a tertiary hospital in Oman first documented their subjective judgment of asthma control on 157 consecutive patients. Immediately after that and in the same proforma, they selected the individual components from the GINA asthma control table as applicable to each patient. Results: The same classification of asthma control was achieved by physicians' clinical judgment and GINA classification in 106 cases (67.5%). In the other 32.5% (n = 51), the degree of control by clinical judgment was one level higher than the GINA classification. The agreement was higher for the pulmonologists (72%) as compared to non-pulmonologists (47%; P = 0.009). Physicians classified 76 patients (48.4%) as well-controlled by clinical judgment compared to 48 (30.6%) using GINA criteria (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-68
Number of pages6
JournalSultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
Volume13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

Keywords

  • Asthma control
  • Asthma management
  • Oman
  • Physicians
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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