Healthcare professional versus patient goal setting in intermittent allergic rhinitis

J. O'Connor, C. Seeto, B. Saini, S. Bosnic-Anticevich, I. Krass, C. Armour, L. Smith

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Objective: To examine the impact of healthcare professional versus patient goal setting for the self-management of intermittent allergic rhinitis (AR) on symptom severity and quality of life.

Methods: This was a 6 week, parallel group study. Group A participants, with pharmacist facilitation, nominated personally relevant goals and strategies relating to their AR. Group B participants had their goals and strategies set by the pharmacist. The main outcome measures used included perceived symptom severity and quality of life. In addition, goals and strategies data from participants of both groups were collected and analysed.

Results: Both groups demonstrated significant improvements in symptom severity and quality of life scores however Group B symptom severity scores improved more. Group B set a greater number of goals and strategies which were better structured and more task specific.

Conclusion: This is the first study to investigate the impact of goal setting on patient behaviour in a chronic yet episodic illness. Our results suggest that self-management goals set by the healthcare professional which are clinically indicated but tailored to the patient's nominated symptoms yields better outcomes than goals nominated by the patient.

Practice implications: A brief, structured intervention, tailored to patient symptoms, can enhance self-management of intermittent allergic rhinitis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-117
Number of pages7
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Self-regulation of illness behaviour
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Goal setting
  • Self-management


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