KUCHING: Doctors trained under the pilot Total Easy Asthma Management (TEAM) programme have found it useful in prescribing proper treatment for patients.
Some 95% of the 21 general practitioners trained under the programme were receptive about implementing it in their clinics.
Simplicity of the assessment tool, ease at which to train staff and objectivity of the system were key reasons for their overwhelming support, said Asthma Council Malaysia.
The council completed the project in the Klang Valley, Penang, Johor and Ipoh in June last year.
The programme, aimed at helping general practitioners to better manage and prevent asthma symptoms among their patients, is being extended to Sarawak.
Pulau Pinang Hospital consultant chest physican Datuk Dr Abdul Razak Mutallif conducted the TEAM training for the first batch of doctors at Kuching Hilton on Saturday.
TEAM incorporates the asthma control test and a protocol medication guide for a simple stepwise approach for easier diagnosis, treatment and monitoring because it is a complete and integrated programme, the council said in a press statement.
The asthma control test is a tool for patients to determine their level of asthma control in an objective manner.
Dr Abdul Razak, a member of the councils Asthma Control Through Education steering committee, said that asthma control could be achieved by most patients.
Our task has been to educate patients and doctors that asthma cannot be managed only by treating its symptoms.
Asthma is a chronic disease, just like diabetes and hypertension, and needs to be managed on a long-term basis in order for patients to achieve control, he added.
Dr Abdul Razak said the programme also helped update doctors on asthma, which was often poorly managed, and assisted patients to gain better control of the disease.