The effective treatment of asthma depends on the correct diagnosis being made in the first place. In December 2016 the British Thoracic Society (BTS) and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) published their latest guidance on asthma, which included an updated section on how to take a structured approach to diagnosis.1 General practice nurses (GPNs) who have the relevant training and competencies are often involved in diagnosing people who present with respiratory symptoms and a clear understanding of how the diagnosis is made is therefore essential. In people who already have a diagnosis of asthma, it is worth reviewing the diagnosis if they are poorly controlled despite asthma treatment – so in essence anyone involved in the care of people with asthma should be aware of how the diagnosis is reached.
This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at intermediate level, tests your knowledge of the diagnosis of asthma in general practice. Complete the resource to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your annual portfolio.
Aims and objectives
On completion of this resource, you should have an understanding of:
1. BTS/SIGN. British guideline on the management of asthma, 2016 https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/document-library/clinical-information/asthma/btssign-asthma-guideline-2016/
2. RCP National Review of Asthma Deaths: why asthma still kills, 2014 https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/why-asthma-still-kills
3. Primary Care Commission. A guide to performing quality assured diagnostic spirometry (QADS), 2013 https://www.pcc-cic.org.uk/sites/default/files/articles/attachments/spirometry_e-guide_1-5-13_0.pdf
PRACTICE NURSE FEATURED ARTICLES
BTS/SIGN (2016) British guideline on the management of asthma https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/document-library/clinical-information/asthma/btssign-asthma-guideline-2016/
NICE (2013) Asthma Quality Standard https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/qs25
Information on asthma courses