How Do You Communicate With Your Doctor Effectively Concerning Your Asthma?

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Proper understanding between doctors and patients is very vital to making your asthma better. Ask ME 3 is one such unit which acts as a buffer between the provider and the patients to help them convey things to each other better and get severe illnesses like asthma cured. What is it that you have discovered to be useful to communicate to your doctor in a batter way?
asked Feb 7, 2011 by anonymous

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Get A.H.E.A.D of Asthma, an initiative launched by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to educate persons with asthma, recommends a formula for communicating effectively with your doctor regarding asthma. First, you must be able to describe exactly how asthma affects you so that your doctor could assess your condition accurately. This is so because the severity, frequency, duration and triggers of asthma differ from person to person. Second, have an understanding of what asthma control is all about so you and your doctor would know if your asthma is under control or not. Third, engage your doctor in a discussion about asthma control. Fourth, answer key questions that can help doctor understand your condition. These questions cover asthma triggers, change in condition since last visit, symptoms (timing and frequency), effect on daily activities, and use of inhaler or medication. Fifth, discuss options for dealing with asthma. In summary, you must make sure that you and your doctor are on the same page or talking the same language to be able to come up with the best approach to controlling your asthma.
answered Feb 9, 2011 by chmreyes Helpful Soul (81 points)
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The biggest reason for this communication breakdown is that doctors and patients look at asthma in completely different ways, said Mike Tringale, director of external affairs for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, which conducted the survey.

Doctors tend to look at the quantitative factors, such as how often you or your child needs a rescue inhaler or what are peak flow readings, while people with asthma or their parents tend to look more at qualitative factors, such as how well did you sleep or how did you feel in school?

"It's not that anybody's saying the wrong thing, but nobody's talking about the whole story," Tringale said.

As an example of the way these factors could easily be misunderstood, Dr. Jonathan Field, director of the allergy and asthma clinic at the New York University Medical Center/Bellevue in New York City, recalled a marathon-runner patient who complained that his asthma wasn't under control. When Field ran the standard tests, the runner appeared to have well-functioning lungs, with 100 percent of the expected lung function.
answered Feb 9, 2011 by maratharibe (3 points)
edited Feb 9, 2011 by administrator

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