Do culturally based health intervention programs work?

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  • Patients of South Asian descent with asthma who took part in a culturally specific intervention program were 4 times more likely to see a primary care physician for follow-up visits than those who did not participate.

Why this matters

  • People with asthma of South Asian descent living in the United Kingdom have up to 3 times higher morbidity and hospitalization rates than white patients with asthma.

Study design

  • Randomized, multicenter trial.
  • 375 patients with asthma aged 3 y and of South Asian descent were randomized to intervention program plus usual care (n=183) or usual care alone (control group; n=192).
  • Intervention program based on the Physician Asthma Care Education program and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), adapted for use i...