The better management of asthma depends upon patient understanding regarding lifestyle modification and treatment, the treatment of which may cause side effects that impair quality of life (QOL) and hence leads to problems in patient's daily life. Hence the present study was carried out to assess the impact of pharmacist mediated counselling on QOL in asthma patients using Professor Juniper's Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (AQLQ). A total of 180 asthma patients were enrolled into the study, out of which 160 have completed the study. Remaining 20 patients did not turn up for the follow up. Out of 160 patients 90 were males and 70 were females. 81 patients were in intervention and 79 in control group. Intervention group showed improvement in QOL score from the baseline to 1st and 2nd follow-ups. No improvement in total score of the control group was observed.
Intervention group showed improvement in pulmonary function on 1st and 2nd follow-ups; the control group did not shown improvement in PFT values. The study concludes that, Pharmacist provided patient counselling was shown better control over asthma patients of intervention group and improved the QOL. Pharmacist can play a vital role in improving the treatment outcomes and QOLof asthma patients.
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