Summary of the management of asthma in adolescents (from the British guideline on the management of asthma)

The British Thoracic Society & Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

  • Adolescents are defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as young people between the ages 10 and 19 years of age.
  • Key elements of working effectively with adolescents in the transition to adulthood include:
    • seeing them on their own, separate from their parents/carers, for part of the consultation, and
    • discussing confidentiality and its limitations

Prevalence of asthma in adolescents

  • Asthma is common in adolescents but is frequently undiagnosed because of under-reporting of symptoms
  • Clinicians seeing adolescents with any cardiorespiratory symptoms should consider asking about symptoms of asthma

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