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Table 2 Time spent with patients during diagnosis and control investigations

From: Characteristics of an optimized patient information material for elderly patients with obstructive pulmonary diseases based on patients’ and experts’ assessment

  Time spent with patienta (min) Pulmonologists (%) Asthma nurses (%)b GPs (%)
Diagnosis 1–10 16.8 15.7 -
10–15 42.7 53.0 -
15–20 26.0 19.6 -
>20 14.5 11.7 -
Control, Patient without symptoms 1–10 58.4 42.2 91.9
10–15 34.7 50.9 6.2
15–20 4.6 6.9 1.9
>20 2.3 0.0 0.0
Control, patient with symptoms 1–10 7.2 6.9 39.0
10–15 47.7 46.1 43.6
15–20 33.9 31.3 13.7
> 20 11.2 15.7 3.7
  1. a How much time in average they spent with the patient (investigation, demonstration of the correct usage of inhalation devices, education, explanation of the disease, background and future perspectives)
  2. b Regarding the increasing number of patients in the practice - sometimes 30 patients a day or more - the asthma nurses actively participate in the diagnostic process, but the final diagnostic decision is always entitled to the pulmonologist