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

The British Thoracic Society & Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

Asthma is a common condition that places significant pressure on both primary and secondary care—over 4 million adults are currently receiving treatment for asthma in the UK. There are approximately 1000 deaths a year from asthma: 90% are associated with preventable factors and almost 40% are in people under 75 years of age. The 2016 update of the BTS/SIGN asthma guidance includes new recommendations on diagnosis, medication adherence, and pharmacological management.

This updated Guidelines summary covers diagnosis, appropriate management, and supported self-management of asthma in adults.

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