Asthma Health Professionals & Educators

Whether you are a physician, nurse, respiratory therapist, or another type of health professional treating people with asthma, it is important to stay informed about asthma care, resources and support options.

Strategies for Addressing Asthma

As a health professional, asthma educator or patient advocate, learn about the Strategies to Address Asthma that you can take to provide asthma guidelines-based care and education, and find other tools to support the important work you do every day.

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee Expert Panel Working Group released the 2020 Focused Updates to the Asthma Management Guidelines,  which include updates to the following topic areas:

  • Intermittent Inhaled Corticosteroids
  • Long-Acting Muscarinic Antagonists
  • Indoor Allergen Mitigation
  • Immunotherapy in the Treatment of Allergic Asthma
  • Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide Testing
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty

Do you need help putting the National Asthma Guidelines into practice?

Below are some key initiatives that the Lung Association is actively implementing in communities across the country.

The American Lung Association develops and provides key resources to inform asthma policy, provide asthma self-management education programs and quality improvement initiatives that are founded on evidence-based guidelines and practices. You can find a comprehensive list of these materials and efforts below.

  • Promote the American Lung Association Asthma Basics online course to people with asthma and caregivers to help them learn to recognize and manage asthma triggers, understand the value of an asthma action plan, and recognize and respond to a breathing emergency. 
  • Promote the American Lung Association’s Assessment: Is your asthma under control? to help people with asthma determine their asthma control. 
  • Refer patients and their loved ones to trusted asthma videos and printed resources.
  • Refer patients to our Severe Asthma Resources and use the Severe Asthma Treatment Planning Tool and Treatment Decision-Making Worksheet to help start and discussion with patients and caregivers. 
  • Consider providing a virtual home visit for patients with poorly controlled asthma using a trained provider through the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine. An asthma home visit includes an assessment of the home environment, identification of problems that could reduce exposure to asthma triggers, and education about changes that can be made or behaviors that could improve asthma.
  • Direct patients to in-person and online support groups and related learning opportunities:
    • Promote the Better Breathers Club—support groups for adults with chronic lung disease
    • Refer people with asthma to our Quit, Don’t Switch campaign to end their addiction to tobacco for good and our Freedom From Smoking cessation program to help them quit.
    • Join and promote our Living with Asthma online community at Inspire for peer-to-peer support from others also living with asthma.
    • Join and promote our Better Breathers Network, an online community– get direct access to education, support and connection to others also living with chronic lung disease.
    • Call, email or chat with a health professional at our free call center, the Lung HelpLine.
  • Asthma Care Coverage Project
     Learn more about coverage of asthma guidelines-based care in state Medicaid programs.
  • National Asthma Public Policy Agenda
     The American Lung Association has worked with a number of asthma experts and organizations to identify policy changes in six key areas that could really make a difference in the fight against asthma.
  • Federal Asthma Advocacy
     The federal government funds much of the public health work and research about asthma in the nation. Federal policies make a difference in the asthma triggers in the air.
  • State and Community Asthma Advocacy
     States and local policymakers play critical roles in the fight against asthma. Some have programs to help people with asthma better manage their disease, others work to reduce the triggers that worsen the disease.
  • Sign up for news and updates from the American Lung Association to keep up to date on lung disease, research opportunities and new resources. 
  • Become an advocate and join our Take Action Network.
  • Make a contribution to lung disease research, advocacy efforts and education. 

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Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel.

Page last updated: September 9, 2022

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