Specialty differences in the management of asthma: A cross-sectional assessment of allergists' patients and generalists' patients in a large HMO

William M. Vollmer, Mark O'Hollaren, Kenneth M. Ettinger, Thomas Stibolt, John Wilkins, A. Sonia Buist, Kathryn L P Linton, Molly L. Osborne

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Objective: To examine the differences in medical management and quality of life between patients with asthma who receive their primary asthma care from allergists and those who receive their care from generalists in a large health maintenance organization (HMO). Methods: We conducted a cross- sectional study of patients with asthma in a large HMO (Kaiser Permanente, Northwest Region, Portland, Ore). Participants were 392 individuals aged 15 through 55 years with physician-diagnosed asthma, taking antiasthma medications, reporting current asthma symptoms, and receiving asthma care from an allergist or from a generalist. Primary outcomes include characteristics of asthma, health care utilization, and quality of life. Results: Patients cared for by allergists tended to have more severe asthma than those cared for by generalists (P

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages1201-1208
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Volume157
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 9 1997

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Specialty differences in the management of asthma : A cross-sectional assessment of allergists' patients and generalists' patients in a large HMO. / Vollmer, William M.; O'Hollaren, Mark; Ettinger, Kenneth M.; Stibolt, Thomas; Wilkins, John; Buist, A. Sonia; Linton, Kathryn L P; Osborne, Molly L.

In: Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 157, No. 11, 09.06.1997, p. 1201-1208.

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