87256 - REACH: Respiratory Disease Education and Action for Change - Assessing asthma control to guide treatment decisions
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Online learning addressing key issues surrounding asthma control and treatment in Australia
Relevance to General Practice
Asthma is estimated to affect 10% of Australians, and it is a National Health Priority Area. A recent survey found 45% of asthma sufferers have poor symptom control. This is associated with reduced physical, psychological and social quality of life measures. Australia has a comparatively high asthma mortality rate.
Recently updated national clinical practice guidelines consider effective disease control the key management goal in asthma.
A number of factors compromise control. Surveys have identified inappropriate prescribing of preventer medication, low dispensing rates, low adherence and poor inhaler technique amongst these. Patients often overestimate their level of asthma control, which can lead to incorrect treatment.
Regular and structured assessment by a general practitioner can identify patients with poor asthma control, who can then be managed appropriately to improve outcomes.
- Define asthma control
- Describe the risk factors for, and consequences of, poor asthma control
- Implement a systems-based approach to assessing asthma control in your patients
- Make management recommendations to improve asthma control in your patients