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Respiratory care: Asthma - Module 4 - User Guide

20 January 2011

Asthma - Module 4 - User Guide

        User guide | Introduction | High costs of poor control | Asthma Control | Asthma control questions - tools to use in routine practice | Finding out why asthma control is not being achieved | Recognising people at risk from poor asthma control | Reflection points | References | Answers to '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 4: Taking Control, assessing and controlling symptoms is the fourth of five modules in the ASCEND Programme. This module aims to provide an understanding of the implications of poor asthma control, define poor control and the symptoms that suggest uncontrolled disease and outline the key factors involved in helping to achieve or re-establish good asthma control.

The modules will include:

Module 1: Asthma: Epidemiology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Pathophysiology
Module 2: Asthma: Causes, Triggers and Diagnosis
Module 3: Asthma Management and Treatment
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 4 please click here.

This module of learning aims to:

  • provide an understanding of the implications of poor asthma control for both the person with asthma and the NHS
  • define poor asthma control and the symptoms that suggest uncontrolled disease
  • provide pointers to recognise when and why people with asthma are at risk from poor control
  • describe how to perform regular asthma reviews in primary care
  • detail how to best assess symptom control and how to address specific factors contributing to poor control
  • outline the key factors involved in helping to achieve or re-establish good asthma control
  • describe how practices can keep a register of 'high risk' people with asthma (in addition to a Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) register)
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