Focusing on the Patient: Diagnosis and Management of Asthma
After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:
- Recognize how to assess asthma impairment and risk and explain how it relates to asthma treatment approaches
- Identify important risk factors for the development of asthma
- Recognize the risk factors and signs of non-adherence, adjust care plans as needed to improve adherence to prescribed treatments, and educate patients about their treatment plans
- Summarize current research on asthma treatment as it relates to special patient populations
Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways and is defined by many clinical, physiological, and pathological characteristics. The pattern of inflammation is strongly associated with airway hyperresponsiveness and asthma symptoms. In addition to the inflammatory response, characteristic structural changes (“airway remodelling”) occur in the airways of patients with asthma. There are an estimated 300 million individuals with asthma worldwide. The global prevalence ranges from 1% to 8%. This activity will examine asthma risk impairment, risk factors, and treatment strategies including assessment of patient adherence to treatment for optimal outcomes.
This activity has expired and is no longer available for CME; however, we hope you still enjoy the education.
Published on November 6, 2012