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Lay educators as effective as nurses at asthma education

Lay educators can deliver asthma self-management education as effectively as practice nurses, suggests a study carried out in 39 UK practices.

Fifteen lay educators were recruited and trained to deliver asthma education and 567 patients on regular maintenance asthma therapy were randomised to care by a practice nurse or a lay educator.

An initial consultation of 45 minutes was followed by a shorter consultation and phone follow up for a year.

In the nurse-led group 29.8% needed unscheduled care compared to 30.5% in the lay group and patient satisfaction was similar in both groups.

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