Section 2:

The aims of management

The aim of asthma management is control of the disease. Complete control is defined as:

  • No daytime symptoms
  • No night-time awakening due to asthma
  • No need for rescue medication
  • No asthma attacks
  • No limitations on activity, including exercise
  • Normal lung function (FEV1 and/or PEF>80% predicted or best)
  • Minimal side effects from medication.1

Job code: UK/RES-19014c DOP: February 2020


  1. British Thoracic Society/Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (BTS/SIGN) British Guideline on the Management of Asthma; 24 July 2019. [Accessed February 2020]