Management of asthma in adults over 65 years of age

Development group: Gruffydd-Jones, McArthur, Murphy, Russell & Wise.
This management algorithm was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel: Gruffydd-Jones K et al with the support of a grant from Teva UK Limited.

Two-thirds of asthma deaths occur in people over the age of 65 years. Asthma can be difficult to diagnose in older patients due to co-morbidities that affect breathing; such as mental health problems, cardiac disease, or other respiratory conditions. Problems like impaired cognitive ability and manual dexterity can also impede the ability of older patients to manage their condition on a day-to-day basis.

This Guidelines management algorithm provides recommendations on best practice in the management of asthma patients over 65 years of age.

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