Author(s): N. Kanaka Durga Devi*, V.Hema Suma Sree
Patient education is considered as an essential component in improving knowledge, attitude and practice of the patients towards disease management and improved medication adherence behavior and treatment outcomes. Role of pharmacist as a patient educator in chronic disease is well recognized in western world. The objective is to study the influence of pharmacist provided patient education on asthma patients treatment out comes. The Methodology was a prospective study of the patients of the patients of asthma. Patients knowledge, attitude and practices towards asthma and medication usage were analyzed. Medication adherence behaviors of all the enrolled patients were assessed. The treatment outcome was assessed by using FEV1 in spirometer. Patients of this group received education about the disease, medications and precautions to take to minimize the triggering factors. Forty six asthma patients completed the study. Significant improvement was observed in this group patients with respect to knowledge, attitude, practice. Medication adherence behavior and treatment outcomes comparatively. Pharmacist provided patient education showed a positive influence on patient`s knowledge, attitude, practice, medication adherence behavior and treatment outcomes.