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Table 3 Participants’ level of agreement with statements on asthma care

From: A multi-stakeholder perspective on asthma care in Canada: findings from a mixed methods needs assessment in the treatment and management of asthma in adults

Level of agreement with… % (n) of participants who reported agreement with the statementa
GP/FPs. (n = 79) SPE. (n = 18) CRE. (n = 21) Nurses (n = 18) Pharm. (n = 54) Total (n = 190) Significant differencesb
I believe there are discrepancies between the Canadian guidelines and the international guidelines which creates confusion of what to do in practice 41% (n = 32) 72% (n = 13) 43% (n = 9) 72% (n = 13) 50% (n = 27) 49% (n = 94) p = 0.035
Asthma spirometry test is not necessary to diagnose asthma 43%c (n = 34) 44% (n = 8) 14% (n = 3) 17% (n = 3) 17% (n = 9) 30% (n = 57) p = 0.002
Asthma can be diagnosed based on patient history, and response to a medication trial 75% (n = 59) 72% (n = 13) 71% (n = 15) 50% (n = 9) 63% (n = 34) 68% (n = 130) NS
Most patients with asthma do not proactively help themselves 56% (n = 44) 67% (n = 12) 48% (n = 10) 33% (n = 6) 61% (n = 33) 55% (n = 105) NS
Managing adult patients with asthma is time-consuming and frustrating 35% (n = 28) 72% (n = 13) 33% (n = 7) 39% (n = 7) 39% (n = 21) 40% (n = 76) NS
I suspect there is more I should be doing in the care of patients with asthma 72% (n = 57) 67% (n = 12) 81% (n = 17) 89% (n = 16) 87% (n = 47) 78% (n = 149) NV
  1. GP general practitioner, FP family physician, SPE specialist, CRE Certified Respiratory Educator, Pharm community pharmacist, NS not significant, NV Chi square not valid due to distribution
  2. aParticipants were asked to indicate their level of agreement with the following statements. Data are the % of participants that selected 3 or 4 on a 4-pt scale (1 = completely disagree, 2 = slightly disagree, 3 = slightly agree, 4 = completely agree)
  3. bSignificant differences between professions using Chi square (p < 0.05)
  4. cPost hoc test indicated for statistical difference