Primary care approach to asthma management

Natasha Bray, Leah Delumpa, Julie Militello, Aaron Heath

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Asthma is a common heterogeneous syndrome characterized by airflow obstruction, bronchial hyper-responsiveness, and underlying inflammation. It is a major cause of lost work and school, lower quality of life and increased emergency room visits. Treatment involves a comprehensive step-wise approach to patient care, matching symptom severity with appropriate therapeutic intervention and close monitoring of clinical response. Well established guidelines have outlined the diagnosis and management of asthma, however it remains critical that clinicians educate patients and encourage active participation in their own care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-25
Number of pages10
JournalOsteopathic Family Physician
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Asthma
  • Asthma management
  • Obstructive airway disease
  • Osteopathic management of asthma
  • Reactive airway disease


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