Developing a paediatric asthma review pro forma
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Developing a paediatric asthma review pro forma

Michele Harrop Paediatric respiratory nurse specialist, Whiston Hospital, Merseyside
Laweh Amegavie Consultant paediatrician, Whiston Hospital, Merseyside

Background Accurate record keeping can enhance patient care by promoting continuity and consistency of management, and aid evaluation of clinical practice. To improve paediatric asthma management, the paediatric respiratory team in a large district general hospital developed a pre-printed asthma review sheet (pro forma) for use at asthma follow-up clinics in the paediatric outpatient department. To assess the pro forma’s effectiveness, the team examined the quality of clinical documentation during a retrospective audit of entries in the case notes of 100 patients, and compared it with that in 100 completed pro formas. The completed pro formas contained information on general progress, symptom severity and management of the child since the last medical review.

Conclusion The pro forma was shown to improve overall documentation. It not only aided the collection of relevant, clinically useful information, thereby helping clinicians to make decisions on management regimens, but it also proved to be a valuable assessment tool for the management of chronic asthma in children.

Nursing Standard. 19, 22, 33-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.


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