Strategies for Addressing Asthma

With proper care, most people with asthma should be able to control their disease. When health care providers deliver asthma care based on the evidence-based asthma guidelines, patient outcomes can be improved and asthma disparities can be reduced.

The Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma, also known as EPR-3 was developed by an expert panel commissioned by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP). This report outlines six priority action messages that reinforce EPR-3 clinical practice recommendations vital for asthma control and high-quality patient-centered care. If practiced widely and routinely, these messages have the potential to change lives.

Below are the Six Priority Messages along with tips and resources to share with your patients:

  1. Use inhaled corticosteroids as indicated in the guidelines to control asthma.
    • Learn the difference between {quick-relief} and {controller} medications.
    • Watch What is Asthma? animation to see what happens in your airways during an asthma episode.
  2. Use written asthma action plans to guide patient self-management.
  3. Assess asthma severity at the initial visit to determine initial treatment.
  4. Assess and monitor asthma control and adjust treatment as needed.
  5. Schedule follow-up visits at periodic intervals.
  6. Act to control environmental exposures that worsen asthma.

Attend the Asthma Educator Institute

The Asthma Educator Institute is a two-day professional development course for clinicians and asthma educators committed to providing guideline-based care. The curriculum is also designed to prepare participants to sit for the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) examination.

The American Lung Association Asthma Educator Institute was developed in January of 2003 and was recently updated to reflect the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Click to see the schedule of upcoming Asthma Educator Institutes throughout the country.