The individually-cared-for patient with respiratory tract disease
Journal/Book: Natur- und Ganzheitsmedizin Wissenschaft und Praxis. 1990; 3/7: 217-219.
Abstract: With every acute attack of asthma new inflammatory cells are introduced into the respiratory tract and cause further escalation of the disease. The aim of the therapy is not solely a quick influence an the symptoms but the avoidance of attacks by long-term abolition of harmful factors and a drug treatment which puts as little strain as possible an the patient. Obstructive diseases of the respiratory tract therefore require intensive diagnosis and cooperation between the doctor and the patient also during symptom-free phases. Here the patient needs to be comprehensively informed about the causes and the possibilities of treatment of the disease. This knowledge can be transfered most effectively in group consultations. Self-diagnosis and self-medication are part of this. Only the well-informed patient is motivated to keep up changes of behaviour with the necessary consequence during symptom-free intervals.
Keyword(s): Asthma bronchiale