Table 1

Characteristics of the three groups at baseline.

Telephone optionFace-to-face onlyUsual care
List size, n10 34210 9168926
On asthma register, n (%)994 (9.6)1190 (10.9)840 (9.4)
‘Active’ asthma, n (%)554 (55.7)659 (55.4)515 (61.3)
Comorbid COPD diagnosis36 (6.5)56 (8.5)37 (7.2)
Female, n (%)309 (55.8)363 (55.1)285 (55.3)
Age, mean (SD)43.0 (24.8)42.3 (24.4)45.4 (24.1)
Reviewed in previous 15 months, n (%)133 (24.0)128 (19.4)187 (36.3)
Morbidity in the previous 12 months, n (%)
 Acute attacks185 (33.4)211 (32.0)183 (35.5)
 Oral steroid courses102 (18.4)103 (15.6)100 (19.4)
 Out-of-hours calls20 (3.7)34 (5.2)32 (6.2)
 Accident and emergency attendances7 (1.3)8 (1.2)6 (1.2)
 Admissions9 (1.4)14 (2.1)12 (2.3)
Influenza vaccination (patients aged ≥16 years) Winter 2003, n (%)215/476 (45.2)230/512 (44.9)231/426 (54.2)
Smokers/smoking status recorded (patients aged ≥ 12 years), n (%)65/290 (22.4)77/324 (23.8)59/317 (18.6)
  • COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. SD = standard deviation.