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March 5, 2003

Pharmacist Care for Reactive Airway DiseasePharmacist Care for Reactive Airway Disease

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(9):1103-1106. doi:10.1001/jama.289.9.1103-a

To the Editor: Dr Weinberger and colleagues1 found that patients with asthma who received pharmaceutical care experienced more breathing-related ED visits. It is possible that patients' interactions with the pharmacists resulted in constant reminder of the morbidity of uncontrolled asthma and resulted in a need to seek definitive treatment and further reassurance. The nature of the conversation with the pharmacist could have provided the patients with reinforcement of disease-related symptoms and increased reassurance of their own understanding of the disease. In any event, results suggest that patient-physician interaction may not be adequate to educate patients about chronic disease. Similar trends of improved care of heart failure management with the involvement of pharmacists have been previously reported.2

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