Optimising asthma patient assessment and review

Optimising asthma patient assessment and review

Introduction

Asthma is a common, long term illness that can cause episodic or persistent symptoms, the severity of which may vary over time. People with asthma also experience uncontrolled episodes or attacks, which at their worst can be life threatening, or even fatal.1 Asthma reviews offer the opportunity not only to assess current control but also the risk of future asthma attacks.2

Learning objectives

On completion of this module, you will:

  • Understand the importance of routine and opportunistic reviews in patients with asthma
  • Be familiar with components of an asthma review
  • Be able to identify patients at risk of poor outcomes
  • Understand the importance of prompt review after an asthma attack

Section 1. The importance of routine and opportunistic reviews in patients with asthma

Section 2. Components of an asthma review

Section 3. Identifying patients at risk of poor outcomes

Section 4. The importance of prompt review after an asthma attack

Section 5. Key messages

Section 6. Reflection

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After completion of the module the reflection document can be filled in and printed out for your personal development plan. This can be presented at annual appraisal or revalidation. The downloaded module includes the completion stamp showing 30 minutes self -directed CPD undertaken.

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Job Code: UK/RES-19014e DOP: May 2020

References

  1. Royal College of Physicians. Why asthma still kills: the National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) Confidential Enquiry report; 2014. https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/sites/default/files/why-asthma-still-kills-full-report.pdf [Accessed May 2020]
  2. Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention; 2019. https://www.ginaasthma.org [Accessed May 2020]