Understanding asthma
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Understanding asthma

Edwina Wooler Clinical Nurse Specialist Paediatric Asthma
Cher Piddock Asthma Nurse Practitioner, At the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children

This article discusses the physiology of asthma, its management and the education of patients and their families. It relates to UKCC Professional Development Categories: Care enhancement and Patient, family, client and colleague support

Aim and intended learning outcomes

The aim of this article is to give nurses a basic understanding of asthma, its diagnosis and management. After reading the article, the nurse should be able to:

Understand the pathophysiological changes which occur in asthma

Discuss triggers which may precipitate an attack

Offer an informed opinion on strategies which may be used to decrease allergen load

Understand the two main drug therapies used in asthma management

Discuss the importance of issues defermining compliance

Understand the principles of patient education.

Nursing Standard. 11, 5, 41-47. doi: 10.7748/ns.11.5.41.s50

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