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Sample Topic: Asthma

Asthma : Last revised in December 2013


The aim of asthma management is control of the disease with minimal side effects. Control of the disease is defined as [SIGN and BTS, 2011] :

  • No daytime symptoms
  • No night-time awakening due to asthma
  • No need for rescue medicine
  • No exacerbations
  • No limitations on activity including exercise
  • Normal lung function (in practical terms — forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) and/or peak expiratory flow rate (PEF), greater than 80% predicted (or the person’s best value if unable to attain this)