Why Is Difficult Asthma Difficult And How To Manage It

Why is difficult asthma difficult and how to manage it


Asthma affects almost 11 per cent of Australians (Australian Bureau of Statistics. National Health Survey 2014-15), with GPs playing a central role in management. While the management and outcomes for mild to moderate asthma have improved significantly over the past decades, a recent national survey showed that many patients still have uncontrolled symptoms, with increased risk for impaired quality of life and risk of death. (MJA 2015;202:492-7). There is a need for GPs to remain up to date with recent developments and management in this area, to optimise therapy for these patients.


  1. List and explain the tests available for diagnosis of asthma
  2. Describe the long term goals for management of asthma, including risk reduction goals
  3. Describe the classes of medicines for the management of asthma
  4. Identify when to refer patients for specialist asthma care, and referral pathways available
Why is difficult asthma difficult and how to manage it
  • Presenter(s):Naghmeh Radhakrishna
  • Host:Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Duration:39.11min
  • Activity ID:90669
  • QI&CPD Points:2
  • Provider:Lateral Connections

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