Date of this Version

December 2001

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Hicks, R. E. & Harris, G. (2001). Identifying patients with asthma whose beliefs and attitudes may place them at risk: the development and initial validation of the Asthma Navigator.

Journal of Applied Health Behaviour, Volume 3, No. 2, 2001

Pulished by the School of Behavioural and Community Health Sciences, the University of Sydney.

Reproduced with permission © Copyright R. E. Hicks and G. Harris.


Asthma prevalence appears to be increasing in Australia and elsewhere and any methods that can improve the self-management of asthma can in turn help improve the quality of living experienced by these individuals and at the same time reduce health costs to the nation. Attempts that have aimed at making a difference in asthma management have focussed on educational programs (preventive therapy) and the nature of the physician-patient relationship. However, most tools (questionnaires) available for the measurement of beliefs, feelings and attitudes of those with asthma appear to be generalised research instruments. They have not been designed to assist ', the physician directly in the day-to-day consultations or to help in providing practical guidance on asthma treatment and behaviour change that will make a difference. This article describes the development of the Asthma Navigator, a questionnaire designed to address this situation, to be used in consultation and discussion between the physician and the patient and to help improve the outcomes possible in asthma treatment and management. Particular reference to the psychometric properties of the questionnaire is made.



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