Research Activities, July 2013

Tools can improve health care provider adherence to asthma guidelines

Comparative Effectiveness Research

A number of clinical guidelines are available for the diagnosis and management of asthma. However, despite the evidence of improved outcomes associated with adherence to guidelines, their long-term existence, and widespread availability, health care providers do not routinely follow asthma guideline recommendations. 

A new research review from AHRQ finds decision support tools, feedback and audit, and clinical pharmacy support may improve the adherence of health care providers to asthma guidelines, as measured through health care process outcomes, and improve clinical outcomes. However, additional evaluations of how these interventions may improve clinical outcomes for patients with asthma are needed. 

Further research should evaluate other types of interventions targeted to health care providers, with a focus on standardized measures of outcomes such as missed school days or work days, more rigorous study designs, and addition of cost measures. 

These findings can be found in the research review, Interventions To Modify Health Care Provider Adherence to Asthma Guidelines at

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Internet Citation: Tools can improve health care provider adherence to asthma guidelines. Content last reviewed July 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.