Asthma care: a review of changes in current practice

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2016.

All modules are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Duration: 01:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Students, Qualified Nurses


Jane Scullion, Respiratory nurse consultant, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester.
Steve Holmes, General practitioner, Park Medical Partnership, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

Short description

Asthma is a common problem in primary care. This module discusses the findings from the 2014 National Review of Asthma Deaths and how these might change current practice.

Detailed description

Asthma is a common problem managed in primary care, however many patients do not have good control of their condition. This module examines routine asthma care, indicating where the findings from the 2014 National Review of Asthma Deaths might change current practice. It discusses triggers and exacerbations and considers the four key areas identified in the report: the use of services, medical and professional care, prescribing and medicines use, patient factors and perception of risk of poor control. The module also highlights the role of medications, including helping patients understand stepping up and stepping down, the place of current and future therapies in asthma care, and how to review patients effectively while managing their concerns.