Effective management of adult patients with asthma

Effective management of adult patients with asthma

Therese Marie Bidder Clinical nurse specialist, Department of Specialist Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your understanding of the signs and symptoms of asthma and how the condition is diagnosed

  • To be aware of the treatments available that can achieve asthma control and reduce the risk of acute exacerbations of asthma

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that can affect people of all ages. Globally, asthma is one of the most common non-communicable diseases and is associated with significant personal, financial and societal costs. In some cases, asthma can be fatal, although many fatalities would have been preventable with appropriate management. People with asthma often underestimate the effects of their symptoms, and nurses should develop their knowledge and skills so that they can provide appropriate management advice. This article outlines the causes of asthma and its symptoms. It also explains the interventions used in the management of this condition, including medicines, patient education, appropriate lifestyle changes and referral to specialist services.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e11411

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Bidder TM (2019) Effective management of adult patients with asthma. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e11411

Published online: 22 July 2019

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