Sawsan A Baddar

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BACKGROUND Studies continue to show poor physician compliance with asthma management guidelines in clinical practice. However, standardized protocols specifically designed to be practical and user-friendly improve patient outcomes. OBJECTIVE To determine the degree of physicians' compliance with the documentation of an asthma management protocol in a(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the correctness of metered-dose inhaler (MDI) technique in a sample of healthcare providers practising in Oman, considering that poor inhaler technique is a common problem both in asthma patients and healthcare providers, which contributes to poor asthma control. METHOD A total of 150 healthcare providers (107 physicians, 33 nurses(More)
OBJECTIVES Asthma exacerbation is a major cause of morbidity and it is usually an indication of poor control. Appropriate management and documentation of the clinical assessment of an exacerbation, its severity, contributing factors and treatment are all essential components of asthma control. The aim of this study was to assess the documentation of the(More)
OBJECTIVES The available assessment tools to determine asthma control do not include components assessing factors that may directly affect control. Our aim was to evaluate the relationship between patient compliance, inhaler technique and the level of asthma control. METHODS Scores from the Asthma Control Test, individual inhaler device checklists and a(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency of pulmonary function abnormalities in clinically asymptomatic children with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and to determine the relationship of these abnormalities to clinical, laboratory, and immunological parameters as well as to disease activity. METHODS Forty-two children with childhood(More)
OBJECTIVES The management of asthma by specialists is likely to become more evidence-based. This study analysed the characteristics of patients reporting to a specialist clinic including demographics, dispensed medications and the level of asthma control. METHODS All consecutive stable asthmatics seen in the adult pulmonary clinics of Sultan Qaboos(More)
OBJECTIVES Asthma control is often difficult to measure. The aim of this study was to compare physicians' personal clinical assessments of asthma control with the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) scoring. METHODS Physicians in the adult pulmonary clinics of a tertiary hospital in Oman first documented their subjective judgment of asthma control on 157(More)
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