Table 1

Characteristics of written action plans

StudyIndividualisedTreatment instructions
When to increase treatmentHow to increase treatmentHow long to increase treatmentWhen to get help
NS = not stated.
*Written action plan based on Beasley et al.47
†Written action plan based on Charlton.48
‡Treatment based on British Thoracic Society guidelines.49
§Based on Woolcock.50
Individualised written action plans
Cote et al8YesYesYesYesYes
Cowie et al9*†YesYesYesYesYes
Gallefoss et al10–14YesYesYesYesYes
Ghosh et al15*YesYesYesYesYes
Hayward et al17YesYesNSNSYes
Heard et al18YesYesYesYesYes
Jones et al20*YesYesYesYesYes
Lahdensuo et al21YesYesYesYesYes
Levy et al22*YesYesYesYesYes
Moudgil et al23YesYesYesYesYes
Perneger et al24YesYesYesNSYes
Schermer et al25YesYesYesYesYes
Sommaragua et al26YesYesYesNSYes
Yoon et al27§YesYesYesYesYes
Zeiger et al28YesYesYesNSNS
Incomplete action plans
Bailey et al29YesNSNSNSNS
George et al30?NSNSNSNS
Knoell et al31YesNSNSNSNS
Kotses et al32YesNSNSNSNS
Non-specific action plans
Abdulwadud et al33NoNSNSNSNS
Bailey et al34NoNSNSNSYes
Kotses et al35NoNSNSNSNS
Mulloy et al36NoNSNSNSNS
Snyder et al37NoNSNSNSNS