Asthma Management Handbook

Version 1.0 highlights

Key changes from the 2006 edition

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Other highlights of the 2014 edition

New diagnostic algorithms for adults and children

Clear diagnostic pathways for differential diagnosis of asthma, supported by detailed information on wheeze in young children

Updated stepped medical management

Fully updated approach for stepping up and stepping down asthma medicines, including where and how the new combination therapy products fit into the prescribing framework

Focus on inhaler technique and adherence

Emphasis on checking for inadequate adherence and incorrect inhaler technique before changing treatment, as these are common causes of poor asthma control

New acute asthma protocols

Practical management protocols for acute asthma covering the continuum of care from presentation through to recovery or hospital admission, based on the latest evidence for each treatment and designed for use across a wide range of care settings

Review of pregnancy and asthma evidence

Translation of the latest evidence on asthma management in pregnant women into practical recommendations, emphasising that all health professionals should give women the clear message that poorly controlled asthma can harm babies

Recognition of impact of preventive care activities

Explanation of how preventive care activities can benefit asthma, including that for people who are overweight, losing as little as 5–10 kg can significantly improve their asthma and that physical activity in people with asthma improves cardiopulmonary fitness and quality of life