IMP²ART aims to help general practices embed supported self-management into routine asthma care.
We know that people with asthma are well placed to manage their condition themselves.
This is most successful when there is a combination of patient education, professional training and organisational support in place to help.
Each component is rarely effective in isolation. We call this ‘whole systems’ approach, that addresses all three aspects, ‘supported self-management’.
We want to help general practices to embed supported self-management into routine asthma care.
We have previously reviewed existing research on self-management of asthma. We determined that there are three key components to successful self-management
We now need to determine the best way to ensure these three components of supported self-management are implemented in general practices across the United Kingdom.
We are doing this through three strands of work
routinely collected data
we will test the feasibility of extracting data on asthma care from electronic health records
we will explore the best ways of enabling supported self-management to be fully adopted in routine practice through focus groups and interviews with patients, family doctors, nurses and practice staff
systematic review of existing research
we will review existing research into professional education interventions in asthma and diabetes to inform the development of an education package
Bringing all this information together will help us to plan an appropriate implementation strategy to help general practices across the UK to embed supported self-management into routine asthma care.
We will then apply for further funding to develop and evaluate a UK-wide trial of the intervention.
We hope to see supported self-management become a routine part of asthma care across the UK.
01 Nov 2015 – 31 Oct 2016
Do you want to know more about the study? Would you be interested in taking part?
Read more about our previous work reviewing what makes self-management a success
Study information leaflet for practices interested in participating (PDF)
Patient Information Leaflet – for patients and carers interested in participating (PDF)
Participant Information Sheet for doctors, asthma nurses and administrative staff working in general practices who are interested in participating (PDF)
Please note the full contact details for NHS complaints offices will vary by region across Scotland and England and will be included on your own copy of the above documents that you will be given if you take part in the study.
NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research