119027 - Evolving therapies for severe asthma: the role of the GP
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This free online learning module includes 15 clinical questions and immediate feedback is provided. There is also an original peer reviewed article written for GPsRelevance to General Practice
- In Australia, one in nine people have a diagnosis of asthma.
- In most people, asthma can be well controlled with conventional therapy using preventer and reliever inhalers, but a subset of patients are refractory to maximal-dose inhaler therapies.
- The prevalence of difficult-to-treat and severe asthma is estimated to be 3 to 10% of people with asthma, and this group accounts for the major burden of health expenditure for asthma.
- Severe asthma is associated with high morbidity and mortality.
- Most people with asthma are cared for by their GPs, who have a key role in optimising asthma treatments and recognising patients with severe or refractory asthma and referring them for specialist review and consideration of emerging treatments, including biological therapies.