Quick reference guide

This guidance will be useful to all pharmacists who are involved in delivering services and providing care to people with asthma.

This quick reference guidance will provide you with a brief summary of asthma, its causes and triggers. It will also explain how pharmacists can support people with asthma to improve management of symptoms and medicines adherence.

It does not cover the diagnosis, or information on selection of medicines for the treatment of chronic or acute asthma.

Sections on this page

  • Why is this guidance important to you?
  • What is asthma?
  • What causes asthma?
  • What can trigger an asthma attack?
  • What are the signs of completely controlled asthma?
  • How can I support patients with asthma?
  • How can I help patients prevent asthma attacks and self-manage their condition?
  • How can I help promote adherence?
  • How can I help patients use their device(s) correctly?
  • What lifestyle advice should I provide patients with asthma?
  • What other support/information can I provide?
  • When should I refer patients?

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