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Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Management of Asthma for Medical Doctors

Speciality Classification
Medical Doctors
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Education for Health, NHS England


This session will explore the options associated with the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of asthma. As a long-term medical condition, ongoing management is the key to asthma control and patient safety.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify methods for assessing inhaler technique and adherence
  • Explain the role of non-pharmacological management
  • Describe the purpose of regular ongoing treatment in asthma
  • List the broad groups of drugs used in the long-term management of asthma and identify examples of each
  • Describe the phased approach to managing asthma


This is the third of five related sessions on the impact, diagnosis and management of asthma in adults.

In this session, we will explore the pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches that can be used to maintain asthma control and ensure patient safety.

Poor control of asthma increases the risk of asthma attacks which are potentially life-threatening.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before starting this session, you may wish to complete:

  • Introduction to Asthma and its Diagnosis (714-1001)
  • Overview of Routine Asthma Monitoring (714-1002)
Instructors / Speakers
Viv Marsh,
Clinical Lead for Asthma and Allergy, Education for Health

Viv has 25 years’ experience of clinical practice in the NHS in both primary and secondary care and joined Education for Health in 2013 as the Clinical Lead for Asthma and Allergy.

She believes that excellence in education for healthcare professionals is the key to improving health outcomes for people with asthma and allergy. Identifying people with poor disease control and helping them to improve their disease management through shared decision making and action planning is essential if we are to improve quality of life for people with asthma and allergy and prevent avoidable deaths. 

In addition to her educational role, Viv also works part time in primary care reviewing and managing patients with respiratory disease.

She has a number of additional professional interests including a role on the editorial board for a nursing journal, writing for publication and is a member of the Asthma UK Council for Health Professionals.

Viv is also on the committee for the National Paediatric Respiratory and Allergy Nurses Group, where she leads on primary care issues, and was a panellist on the National Review of Asthma Deaths.

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