The ADxDA study will help develop a computer decision support system (CDSS) that helps GPs and asthma nurses diagnose asthma.
Asthma can be hard to diagnose and without an accurate diagnosis, people with asthma may not get the treatment they need to control their asthma well.
One way of making diagnosis more accurate is to use the electronic health records used in general practice to help doctors and nurses decide if someone is likely to have asthma (or not).
By using specially designed software to find the information from a patient’s record that will help the GP or nurse to make good diagnosis decisions.
Our CDSS could:
In the ADxDA study we’ll invite GP’s, asthma nurses and patients from across Scotland and England to tell us what it was like being diagnosed with asthma.
We’ll ask GP’s and nurses how they make an asthma diagnosis just now, and the things that make it easier - or harder - for them. We’ll also ask about practical things – such as how the CDSS could be integrated with the electronic health record.
We’ll also look at patient experiences and get their ideas about how being testing for asthma can be improved by asking what they’d like the CDSS to do for them.
We’ll use all this information to design a CDSS system which we’ll then pilot.
May 2019 - April 2022
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