Asthma Management Handbook
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Table. Troubleshooting checklist

Is the patient taking the medicine correctly?

  • Is the person taking the medicine/s?
  • Are there any reasons the person may be missing some or all doses? (e.g. cost, psychosocial reasons)
  • Is the person’s inhaler technique correct?
  • Is the type of inhaler device right for the person?

Is the current treatment appropriate?

  • Is the type of preventer right for the individual?
  • Is the prescribed dose of preventer likely to be effective?

Is the person able to self-manage effectively?

  • Is the written asthma action plan up to date and does the person know how to follow it?
  • Is the person receiving conflicting advice from other health professionals?
  • Is the person unable to manage their asthma due to life events, low health literacy, personal circumstances or other psychosocial factors?

Are the symptoms due to asthma?

  • Is the diagnosis correct?
  • Are other conditions present?

Is the person exposed to unidentified triggers?

  • Does the person smoke?
  • Is the person exposed to other people’s tobacco smoke or other smoke?
  • Does the person know what triggers their asthma symptoms?
  • Consider:
    • cigarette smoke
    • allergens (e.g. animals, pollens, workplace materials)
    • cold/dry air
    • indoor and outdoor pollution
    • medicines (including complementary medicines)
    • food chemicals/additives (if person is intolerant)
    • viral respiratory tract infections
    • comorbid medical conditions
    • extreme emotions
    • hormonal changes
    • exercise.

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