What are the overall goals of asthma management according to the guidelines?

Updated: Jan 07, 2019
  • Author: Michael J Morris, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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The goals for successful management of asthma outlined in the 2007 NHLBI publication "Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention" (see the images below) include the following [1] :

  • Achieve and maintain control of asthma symptoms
  • Maintain normal activity levels, including exercise
  • Maintain pulmonary function as close to normal as possible
  • Prevent asthma exacerbations
  • Avoid adverse effects from asthma medications
  • Prevent asthma mortality
Asthma symptoms and severity. Recommended guidelin Asthma symptoms and severity. Recommended guidelines for determination of asthma severity based on clinical symptoms, exacerbations, and measurements of airway function. Adapted from Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention: 2002 Workshop Report.
Stepwise approach to pharmacological management of Stepwise approach to pharmacological management of asthma based on asthma severity. Adapted from Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention: 2002 Workshop Report.

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