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Management of Asthma guideline updated

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) has published an update to the British Guideline on the Management of Asthma (PDF).

SIGN and the British Thoracic Society jointly produce the guideline. This update includes:

  • A rewritten section on diagnosis for both adults and children
  • A section on special situations including occupational asthma, asthma in pregnancy and the new topic of difficult asthma
  • Updated sections on pharmacological and non-pharmacological management
  • An amalgamated section on patient education and compliance
  • An amalgamated section on organisation of care and audit

The guideline is also available as a Quick Reference Guide that covers the key areas of diagnosis, chronic and acute management in adults and children, special cases (pregnancy and occupational asthma), care delivery and patient education.

Action: All clinicians who diagnose and manage patients with asthma should ensure they are familiar with and implementing current recommendations.

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