Understanding of the basic mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of asthma has improved dramatically over the past 20 years. Along with this increase in basic scientific knowledge, randomized clinical trials have produced evidence to guide clinicians in how to manage patients with asthma.The book covers epidemiology, diagnosis and management, and takes a look at future developments. The authors highlight the under diagnosis of occupational asthma and emphasize the importance of effective patient education, particularly asthma action plans. There are ten clinical cases dealing with common diagnostic and management problems, frequently asked questions and appendices containing resources for patients and clinicians including useful websites, information leaflets and major references.
The size of the problemScientific principles of asthmaMaking a diagnosis of asthmaInhaler devicesLong term management of asthma in adultsManagement of acute asthma in adultsManagement of childhood asthmaOccupational asthmaEducating patients and cliniciansAsthma in primary careThe futureClinical casesFrequently asked questions by patientsAppendix 1: Resources for patientsAppendix 2: Resources for cliniciansPractice points
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