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Shortfalls in basic paediatric asthma education in healthcare professionals
  1. Louise Selby1,
  2. Colin Victor Eric Powell2,
  3. Richard Iles1
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2Department of Child Health, Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Louise Selby, Department of Paediatrics, Addenbroookes Hospital, Biomedical Campus, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK; louise.a.selby{at}

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We conducted an anonymised Survey Monkey asking healthcare professionals in East of England questions relating to asthma management. Fifty-four respondents included seven consultant paediatricians, 13 general practice trainees, 26 paediatric trainees and seven nurse practitioners and foundation trainees. We report a lack of knowledge, and conclude that if the National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD)1 recommendations are to be achieved, there is an urgent need for basic asthma education.

Questions included: ‘Do infants not respond to β2 agonists because they do not have β2 receptors?’, …

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  • Contributors RI and CVEP conceived the idea for the article. LS performed the literature search and wrote the manuscript and acts as guarantor.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.