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Self-management: At the core of asthma care

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Supported asthma self-management — which includes patient education, an action plan and regular review — seems to reduce the need for hospital services and unscheduled consultations, according to a new meta-review. In addition, supported self-management probably improves asthma control and quality of life.

The ‘meta-review’ consisted of a systematic overview of 27 previous systematic reviews, which included 244 randomised controlled trials (RCTs). The authors included another 13 RCTS published since the last search dates of the previous reviews.

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