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What do patients need to know about their asthma?

Author
Andrea J Apter, MD, MSc, MA
Section Editors
Bruce S Bochner, MD
Robert A Wood, MD
Deputy Editor
Helen Hollingsworth, MD

INTRODUCTION

There are a number of publications that describe what patients need to know about their asthma [1-3]. Perhaps the most important and far-reaching document on what to include in an asthma education program has been "the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program: Expert Panel Report 3, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma -- Full Report 2007" [1]. The full text is available at the website of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [1]. The Global Initiative for Asthma updated their guidelines in 2016 [2,3].

A comprehensive asthma education program covering all asthma education topics in depth may not be possible in all clinical settings. Based on a series of focus group interviews, the "core elements" necessary in an asthma education program have been identified [4,5]. The three topics of primary importance for patient education are the following:

Function and appropriate use of medication

Pathophysiology of asthma

Issues in the prevention and treatment of symptoms

                                  
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