Asthma Management Handbook

Troubleshooting

Overview

When a person’s asthma is not well controlled despite treatment, unnecessary or risky dose escalation can be avoided by systematically working through the possible reasons before adjusting the treatment:

  • Check whether current treatment is appropriate.
  • Check whether the patient is taking the medicine correctly and as prescribed.
  • Check whether the symptoms are due to asthma.
  • Consider the individual’s triggers and any comorbid conditions that may affect asthma symptoms, risk or management.

You can use the checklist as a guide to help you and the patient or carer consider common problems that may be contributing to suboptimal asthma control.

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