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Respiratory care: Asthma - Module 3 - User Guide

22 November 2010

Asthma - Module 3 - User Guide

User guide • Asthma management • Asthma control • Approaches to asthma management: Non-drug asthma management • Approaches to asthma management: Pharmacological management of asthma • Treatment strategies • Tailoring treatment to the individual • Reflection points • References • Answers "Test your knowledge" questions • Partners

Organised and funded by MSD

ASCEND - Asthma Skills, Continued Education and Nurse Development - has been developed by a steering group of primary and secondary care respiratory nurses including nurse representatives from Asthma UK, Education for Health, Primary Care Respiratory Society UK (formerly GPIAG), and Respiratory Education UK, in partnership with and funded by Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited.

To find out more about the Partner Associations - including Asthma UK, Education for Health, PCRS-UK, REUK - please click here.

The ASCEND programme seeks to enhance the foundation of knowledge and skills relevant to nurses working with people with asthma. It is aimed at nurses working in primary care and is positioned at a pre-Asthma Diploma level. However, secondary care nurses and experienced healthcare assistants may also find the programme useful.

Module 3: Asthma Management and Treatment, is the third of five modules in the ASCEND Programme. This module details the aims of asthma management, how to assess control, and the approaches to management including non-drug and pharmacological management of asthma. In addition it covers treatment strategies including the BTS/SIGN stepwise approach and tailoring treatment to the individual.

The modules will include:

Module 1: Asthma: Epidemiology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Pathophysiology
Module 2: Asthma: Causes, Triggers and Diagnosis
Module 4: Taking Control
Module 5: The Asthma Review

Each module can be read as part of the wider programme or independently in its own right. This module should take approximately one hour to read and work through, however sections can also be used individually as needed.

Each module is split into sections with 'learning outcomes' outlined at the start of each section. 'Test your knowledge' questions are available throughout to help ensure a thorough understanding of the subject matter. In addition, there are reflection points at the end of the module to assist with self learning.

The content of each module may be downloaded for personal use and also teaching purposes.

To download a pdf version of ASCEND Module 3 please click here.

This module of learning aims to:

• define the goals of asthma management
• provide practical advice on assessing asthma control
• outline the key drug (pharmacological) and non-drug (non-pharmacological) treatments used in the management of asthma
• introduce the concept of stepwise treatment strategies
• give an overview of the current UK management guidelines on asthma
• highlight the importance of tailoring management and treatment strategies to the individual

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