The web may provide asthma sufferers with more effective help in controlling their symptoms.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – People who suffer from asthma may be able to get relief from health care consultations via the Internet. As reported by Reuters, a yearlong study showed that asthma sufferers who participate in Internet consultations can maintain better control of their symptoms. The study revealed that participants who depended on their usual care plan and did not have the web-based consultations were less likely to report symptom free days; however, the Internet consultations did not appear to make a difference with regards to the frequency of asthma attacks.
Dr. Victor van der Meer with the Netherland based Leiden University Medical Center, is quoted by Reuters as stating of the matter, “Thanks to continuous monitoring, patients can effectively adjust their medication, which empowers them to control their asthma and live full, and active, lives… One of the strengths of the Internet program is the use of e-communication. Many patients can be guided, and face-to-face consultations can be reduced.”
More information about the study can be found in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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