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Asthma telephone reviews backed

Telephone reviews for asthma are backed by new clinical guidelines, which say they may be suitable for those unwilling to attend a regular appointment.

Reviews by telephone were rejected for inclusion in the QOF in 2006, after an arbitration panel ruled there was 'insufficient evidence' to justify their use.

The new guidance from the British Thoracic Society and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network says they may be as effective as face-to-face consultations.

The guidelines do warn that face-to-face reviews are more appropriate for patients with poor asthma control or inhaler-related problems.

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