Using the Internet in the management of asthma

Ashok M. Patel, MD

The ultimate goals of managing asthma are to eliminate death , prevent or promptly treat exacerbations, and maximize the quality of life and health status of patients. Current strategies include appropriate education, trigger control, and timely access to effective pharmacotherapy and follow-up.
Internet-based technologies have emerged as potentially powerful tools to enable meaningful communication and proactive part-nership in care for various medical conditions. The main types of Internet-based applications for asthma management include remote monitoring and feedback between health professionals and their patients; online education and marketing for either patients or professionals; networking and collaborative research; and administrative oversight through policy making, planning, and decision support. With increased understanding of integrated disease management and the technostructural as
well as psychodynamic issues related to Internet use, further
refinement and evolution of the Internet and related technolo-gies may drastically improve the way we monitor, educate,
treat, and establish policies for this global problem while
attending to individual or local community needs. This review
presents a conceptual overview of the current challenges and
use of the Internet for improving asthma management through
timely and tailored education and appropriate access to healthcare expertise.
Curr Opin Pulm Med 2001, 7:3942 © 2001 Lippincott
Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
Ashok M. Patel, MD, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Mayo
Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA.

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Genetics database for asthma and allergy

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