The ABCs of asthma control

Bjoerg (Bjorg) Thorsteinsdottir, Gerald W. Volcheck, Bo Enemark Madsen, Ashokakumar M. Patel, James T C Li, Kaiser G. Lim

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Abstract

The new asthma guidelines have introduced impairment and risk assessments into the management of asthma. Impairment assessment is based on symptom frequency and pulmonary function, whereas risk assessment is based on exacerbation frequency and severity. These 2 measures determine the initial severity of asthma in the untreated patient as well as the degree of control in asthma once treatment has been initiated. The focus on asthma control is important because the attainment of control correlates with a better quality of life and reduction in health care use. We describe 4 easy steps to achieving asthma control in the ambulatory practice setting: (1) a standardized assessment of asthma symptoms using a 5-question assessment tool called the Asthma Control Test, (2) a simple mnemonic that provides a systematic review of the comorbidities and clinical variables that contribute to uncontrolled asthma, (3) directed patient education, and (4) a schedule for ongoing care. Most if not all patients can achieve good control of their asthma with optimal care through an active partnership with their health care professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)814-820
Number of pages7
JournalMayo Clinic Proceedings
Volume83
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

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Asthma
Delivery of Health Care
Symptom Assessment
Patient Education
Comorbidity
Appointments and Schedules
Quality of Life
Guidelines
Lung

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Thorsteinsdottir, B. B., Volcheck, G. W., Madsen, B. E., Patel, A. M., Li, J. T. C., & Lim, K. G. (2008). The ABCs of asthma control. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 83(7), 814-820. https://doi.org/10.4065/83.7.814

The ABCs of asthma control. / Thorsteinsdottir, Bjoerg (Bjorg); Volcheck, Gerald W.; Madsen, Bo Enemark; Patel, Ashokakumar M.; Li, James T C; Lim, Kaiser G.

In: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Vol. 83, No. 7, 2008, p. 814-820.

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Thorsteinsdottir, BB, Volcheck, GW, Madsen, BE, Patel, AM, Li, JTC & Lim, KG 2008, 'The ABCs of asthma control', Mayo Clinic Proceedings, vol. 83, no. 7, pp. 814-820. https://doi.org/10.4065/83.7.814
Thorsteinsdottir BB, Volcheck GW, Madsen BE, Patel AM, Li JTC, Lim KG. The ABCs of asthma control. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2008;83(7):814-820. https://doi.org/10.4065/83.7.814
Thorsteinsdottir, Bjoerg (Bjorg) ; Volcheck, Gerald W. ; Madsen, Bo Enemark ; Patel, Ashokakumar M. ; Li, James T C ; Lim, Kaiser G. / The ABCs of asthma control. In: Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2008 ; Vol. 83, No. 7. pp. 814-820.
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