An online asthma management program can help asthma patients get top-rate care and overcome barriers to healthcare access, according to a study to be presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference on May 22.
Irvin Mayers, M.D., Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, created an interactive online asthma management program that allows a Certified Asthma Educator to communicate daily with patients, provide feedback and assist patients with asthma management.
"One of the problems in Canada is geographic barriers-many people dont have access to large urban asthma education programs, and they can really benefit from an online program," said Dr. Mayers. "But even our urban patients often have barriers to accessing physicians, because there arent enough generalists. This program allows them to be treated using the most up-to-date guidelines no matter where they live, and to manage their asthma with minimal physician intervention. The program isnt meant to replace doctors, but to complement their ability to treat patients who are chronically ill."
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