• Objectives
  • Overview
  • What is asthma?
  • Diagnosis
  • Approaches to treatment
  • Interventions
  • Pharmacological treatment pathway – adults
  • Decreasing maintenance therapy
  • Useful resources
  • References
  • Action & Evaluation


After completing this module, you should be more aware of:

·       Basic care expectations for people with asthma, and concerns about its provision;

·       Assessment of asthma symptoms and expectations around diagnosis and objective testing;

·       The NICE guideline NG80 ‘Asthma: diagnosis, monitoring and chronic asthma management’;

·       The British Thoracic Society/SIGN asthma guideline;

·       Differences between the two sets of national guidelines;

·       Treatment approaches to managing newly diagnosed or uncontrolled asthma in adults;

·       Medicines optimisation and safety recommendations;

·       Why counselling patients with asthma is so important.



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