An asthma specialist’s consultletter: What do parents think about receiving a copy?

Israel Amirav, Virginia Vandall-Walker, Jananee Rasiah, Laura Saunders, Harsha Belur, Brenda Sahlin, Mary Roduta Roberts, Dorit Redlich-Amirav

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Objective: Written summaries about visits with general practitioners’ have influenced increased patient knowledge, satisfaction, recollection, and compliance, and strengthened the doctor–patient relationship. All previous studies about this communication pre-dated the electronic medical record (EMR) era, and none examined views from parents of children with asthma. We explored parents’ perceptions about receiving a hard copy summary Letter immediately following the visit, with the pediatric asthma specialist about findings and the care plan for their child. Methods: A Parent Advisory Council helped inform this pilot study, an observational cross-sectional electronic survey. Each Letter included a comprehensive summary of the child’s visit with the specialist. Results: Previous findings from patients about the benefits of receiving this Letter were strongly supported by data from 51 participants. Interestingly, more than 54% of respondents preferred receiving a hard copy Letter over an electronic copy, and 98% wanted other clinicians to adopt this practice. Conclusion: Parents of children with asthma value and want timely written information of this nature from other clinicians. Practice Implications: These results can influence further asthma research to promote a change in the perceptions of clinicians, parents, and patients about timely access to health information in the EMR era.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-186
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Asthma and Allergy
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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We acknowledge the participation, and support of the Patient Engagement (PE) Platform of the ABSPORU (Alberta Strategy for Patient-oriented Research SUPPORT Unit) for in-kind contributions, and the parents who participated in this study. Participants consented to de-identified and aggregate data being published. Funding for the EMR Letters Study and part of this work was generously provided by the Respiratory Health Strategic Clinical Network (RHSCN) Research and Innovation Seed Grant.

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Alberta Strategy for Patient-oriented Research


    • Asthma
    • Parents
    • Patient communication
    • Patient perspectives
    • Provider


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