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.
In this section
Checking whether current treatment is appropriate
Adherence and technique
Checking whether the patient is taking the medicine correctly and as prescribed
Checking whether the symptoms are due to asthma
Triggers and comorbidities
Considering triggers and comorbidities