Asthma Management Handbook

Written asthma action plans


Every adult and child with asthma should have their own written asthma action plan that provides clear instructions on how to adjust medication in response to asthma symptoms, and when and how to get medical care, including during an emergency.

Written asthma action plans should be individualised for the patient (e.g. clearly naming the medicines the person uses, using words they will understand, identifying individual signs of flare-ups). They should be reviewed regularly.

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