Asthma Management Handbook

Management of asthma

In this section


Principles of managing asthma in adults and adolescents, including confirming the diagnosis, initial assessments and treatment, treatment monitoring and asthma review, managing flare-ups, and providing information and support to help people manage their asthma, and managing difficult and severe asthma


Special considerations for asthma diagnosis and management in adolescents and young adults (aged 12–24 years), including differential diagnoses, psychosocial factors, self-management support and transition to adult care


Principles of managing asthma in children aged 1–5 years and children aged 6 years and over, including use of relievers and preventers, adjusting treatment to maintain optimal asthma control without over-medicating, managing flare-ups, managing difficult and severe asthma, monitoring and review, managing asthma triggers, and providing information and support to help parents and children manage asthma

Written asthma action plans

Considerations for preparing and reviewing written asthma action plans for adults and children


Encouraging patients to take asthma medicines as agreed, and assessing patients’ adherence to medication.

Inhaler devices and technique

Considering the most suitable type of inhaler for child or adult with asthma, and training patients to take their inhaled medicines correctly