Section 5:

Key messages
  • Regular review of people with asthma offers the opportunity to monitor current symptom control and to assess future risk of asthma attacks.1
  • Symptomatic asthma control is best measured using validated questionnaires, such as the Asthma Control Test (ACT), or Childhood Asthma Control Test (C-ACT) for children under 11 years.2
  • A history of previous asthma attacks is the greatest risk factor for future attacks, together with inappropriate or excessive use of SABA and inadequate use of ICS.1,2
  • A post-asthma attack review provides another chance to ensure that all good practice care processes have taken place.3,4

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

References

  1. BTS/SIGN British Guideline on the Management of Asthma; 2019. https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/quality-improvement/guidelines/asthma/ [Accessed May 2020]
  2. Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention; 2019. https://www.ginaasthma.org [Accessed May 2020]
  3. Royal College of Physicians. National Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Audit Programme (NACAP). Adult asthma clinical audit 2018/19; December 2019. https://www.nacap.org.uk/nacap/welcome.nsf/vwFiles/AA-National-2018-19/$File/Adult+asthma_national+clinical+report_2019.pdf?openelement [Accessed May 2020]
  4. British Thoracic Society. Improving Outcomes in Asthma: Asthma Care Bundle v3; 2016 https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/media/70102/bts-asthma-care-bundle-april-2016-v3.pdf [Accessed May 2020]