Difficult-to-treat asthma

Difficult-to-Treat Asthma for Primary Care: Education, Communication, and Barriers to Treatment

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Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Actively address adherence and patient education
  2. Employ teach-back and other techniques to ensure patients understand their treatment



Primary care clinicians play a crucial role in the management and on-going monitoring of patients with asthma. An effective and collaborative partnership between asthma patients, their families, and primary care clinicians is essential for optimal outcomes and patient satisfaction. The aim of this partnership is successful and confident self-management (the ability for patients with asthma to control their disease with guidance from the primary care clinician). Patients with asthma should gain knowledge, skills, and confidence to assume the major role in the day-to-day management of their disease. This activity will highlight specific patient education and health literacy tools, including the personalized asthma action plan, written in language that the patient can read and understand. This activity will use a case-based approach and focus on patient education and effective communication strategies. This information will help clinicians and patients overcome barriers to treatment and improve adherence and patient outcomes.




This activity has expired and is no longer available for CME; however, we hope you still enjoy the education.