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Supported self-management for asthma

Reading - self-management specific to asthma and offers a specific practical approach to asthma action planning
There is a strong evidence base to suggest that self-management supported by regular review with a healthcare professional improves asthma control, reduces exacerbations and hospital admissions, and can improve quality of life.

Healthcare professionals have a responsibility to ensure that everyone with asthma has personalised advice to enable them to optimise how they manage their own condition. Self-management education can be reinforced by a written personalised asthma action plan, which provides a summary of the regular management strategy, how to recognise deterioration, and the action to take.

Successful implementation combines education for patients with skills training for professionals, in the context of an organisation committed to both the concept and the practice of supported self-management. 

Pinnock H. Supported self-management for asthma. Breathe. June 2015, 11 (2) 98-109; DOI: 10.1183/20734735.015614

In this paper, we explore:

  • The evidence base for supported self-management for asthma
  • Practical guidance for clinicians to support self-management for asthma patients
  • How to develop a local strategy to implement supported self-management in your practice through asthma action plans

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