The management of poorly controlled asthma
June Roberts Nurse Practitioner, Langworthy Medical Practice, Salford, Department of General Practice, University of Aberdeen
This article aims to improve your understanding of asthma treatment and management, and to provide you with the knowledge to improve poorly controlled asthma and enhance patient self-management skills. After reading this article, you should be able to:
Understand the variable nature of asthma and the step-wise approach to treatment.
Discuss the reasons for poorly controlled asthma, including poor adherence to treatment and management.
Effectively review patients.
Educate patients to enable them to self-manage asthma.
Primary Health Care. 12, 4, 43-49. doi: 10.7748/phc2002.05.12.4.43.c379