Development of a patient passport in asthma management
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Development of a patient passport in asthma management

Karen Newell Respiratory clinical nurse specialist, Respiratory medicine, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London
Tajindar Basi Pharmacy undergraduate, King’s College London
Shenagh Hume Asthma nurse specialist, Asthma UK

This article outlines the development, testing and evaluation of an asthma patient passport (APP). The APP was designed specifically for patients with severe and difficult-to-manage asthma. This patient group tends not to access emergency services when needed, potentially putting life at risk. These individuals prefer to self-manage rather than expose themselves to feelings of vulnerability in the emergency department (ED). The aims of the project were to save lives by ensuring these patients attend the ED, to improve patient experience in the ED and to assist healthcare professionals in their clinical decision making, enabling them to deliver appropriate and individualised emergency treatment.

Nursing Standard. 29, 7,37-42. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.7.37.e8970

Received: 11 March 2014

Accepted: 04 July 2014

Published in print: 15 October 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict Of Interest

This project was funded by a small grant from The London Network for Nurses and Midwives and The Florence Nightingale Foundation partnership.