Effect of a brief educational intervention on medical students' use of asthma devices

C. C. Chafin, Elizabeth Tolley, K. Demirkan, J. Burbeck, Timothy Self

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Abstract

Several studies have shown that a significant percentage of housestaff and attending physicians are deficient in both skill and knowledge of the metered-dose inhaler (MDI). There are no studies involving medical students, or any including the peak flow meter (PFM). The setting was a large health science center with investigators in private conference rooms with individual medical students. Twenty-two medical students in the last semester before graduation were scored in the use of these devices pre-education and post-education (instruction included both discussion and demonstration). Results revealed a lack of skill initially, followed by dramatic improvement after the intervention. The total number of correct steps for each device (MDI with spacer and PFM) improved significantly (p < 0.0001). This group of medical students was deficient in the use of common asthma devices. A short educational intervention was effective in improving skill.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-588
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Asthma
Volume37
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

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Medical Students
Asthma
Metered Dose Inhalers
Equipment and Supplies
Education
Patients' Rooms
Research Personnel
Physicians
Health

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Effect of a brief educational intervention on medical students' use of asthma devices. / Chafin, C. C.; Tolley, Elizabeth; Demirkan, K.; Burbeck, J.; Self, Timothy.

In: Journal of Asthma, Vol. 37, No. 7, 01.01.2000, p. 585-588.

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Chafin, C. C. ; Tolley, Elizabeth ; Demirkan, K. ; Burbeck, J. ; Self, Timothy. / Effect of a brief educational intervention on medical students' use of asthma devices. In: Journal of Asthma. 2000 ; Vol. 37, No. 7. pp. 585-588.
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