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Table 7 Different answers to the knowledge of asthma between intervention group and control group

From: A short-term educational program improved physicians’ adherence to guidelines for COPD and asthma in Shanghai

  Intervention Control P value
  group(n = 49) group(n = 61)  
Basic pathology of asthma    0.000
Bronchial hyper-responsiveness 14.1% 29.5%  
Chronic inflammation 75.7% 57.2%  
Allergic disease 10.2% 13.3%  
The prevalence of asthma in China    NS
Average of reported prevalence 7.3% 7.3%  
Range of reported prevalence 0.5–35.0% 0.5–20.0%  
Declared familiarity with asthma guidelines 0.000
Not familiar with any 5.8% 16.3%  
International guidelines, GINA 38.6% 22.5%  
Chinese guidelines 75.6% 51.2%  
Other guidelines 22.1% 9.8%  
Knowledge for grading severity 0.049
Well 44.9% 29.5%  
Moderately 14.3% 24.6%  
Poor 26.5% 23.0%  
First-line prescribed medicine for mild asthma 0.005
Combined beta2-agonists with corticosteroid 44.3% 34.7%  
Beta2-agonists bronchodilators 14.8% 34.7%  
Inhaled corticosteroids 27.9% 26.5%  
Oral corticosteroids 6.6% 0.0%  
Leukotriene modifiers 4.9% 0.0%  
Are you using PEFM for follow up of your asthma patient? NS
Yes 63.3% 60.7%  
No 8.2% 19.7%  
Depends on the patients’ condition 28.6% 19.7%  
Are you satisfied with the symptom control of your patients? NS
Satisfied 10.2% 4.9%  
Basically satisfied 85.7% 85.2%  
Dissatisfied 4.1% 9.8%  
Do you use specific immunotherapy for allergic asthma? 0.009
Never 40.9% 59.0%  
Sometimes 46.9% 41.0%  
Always 12.2% 0.0%  
What’s the percent of patients who will fully follow your prescription? NS
91–100% 4.1% 4.9%  
50–90% 75.5% 65.6%  
10–49% 20.4% 26.2%  
<10% 0.0% 3.3%  
What do you think are the major reasons for the lack of adherence among patients? NS
Side effects related to therapy 16.3% 23.0%  
Unawareness of the benefits for pharmacotherapy 44.9% 47.5%  
Inconvenience 6.1% 11.5%  
Cost for pharmacotherapy 18.4% 6.6%  
Incorrect use of inhalation device 8.2% 11.5%  
Do you think such training course for clinicians is useful? NS
Very useful 100.0% 98.4%  
Maybe useful 0.0% 1.6%  
Not necessary 0.0% 0.0%  
Do you think patient education is necessary? NS
Quite necessary 100.0% 100.0%  
Necessary 0.0% 0.0%  
Not necessary 0.0% 0.0%