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Psychology

Research project: Barriers to effective self-management of asthma: A systematic review

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Self-management is an established and effective approach to controlling asthma and is recommended in British clinical national guidelines on the management of asthma. However, the promotion, uptake and use of self-management among people with asthma, parents / caregivers of children with asthma, and health professionals remain low. The aim of this project is to review the qualitative and quantitative evidence encompassing individual, professional, organisational and structural barriers to self-management interventions.

Self-management is an established and effective approach to controlling asthma and is recommended in British clinical national guidelines on the management of asthma. Despite the effectiveness of asthma self-management approaches, the promotion, uptake and use of self-management among people with asthma, parents/caregivers of children with asthma, and health professionals remain low. Although many barriers to self-management have been reported, no review exists that includes the qualitative and quantitative evidence encompassing individual, professional, organisational and structural barriers to self-management interventions. Therefore, in order to maximise the benefits of self-management for all people with asthma, it is necessary to identify the barriers to effective asthma self-management.

The aim of this project is to review the qualitative and quantitative evidence encompassing individual, professional, organisational and structural barriers to self-management interventions. This will help to indicate where improvements need to be focused in order to help the groups of people least likely to benefit from existing self-management interventions.

Start Date: 1st July 2013
End Date: 30th June 2014
Funding agency: Asthma UK

Related research groups

Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology (CCCAHP)
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