BTS/SIGN publish updated asthma guidelines

  • British Thoracic Society

  • curated by Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Medical News
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The British Thoracic Society (BTS) and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN) have published an updated guideline on the management of asthma.

The guideline provides recommendations based on current evidence for best practice in the management of asthma. It makes recommendations on the management of adults, including pregnant women, and adolescents and children with asthma.

The 2019 update includes a complete revision of the previous guidance on monitoring, as well as updates to other sections including supported self-management, non-pharmacological and pharmacological management, inhaler devices and management of acute attacks.

The guideline underlines the importance of asthma reviews taking place at least once a year to assess future asthma attack risk, current symptoms and treatments and growth checks in children.

The full guidelines and quick reference guide are available here.

BTS, SIGN and NICE have also announced that future UK-wide guidance for the diagnosis and management of chronic asthma in adults, young people and children will be produced jointly by the three organisations. The document will form part of a broader set of guidance and materials, produced by BTS, SIGN and NICE, on diagnosing and managing asthma throughout an individual’s lifetime - a new ‘asthma pathway’.

A dedicated session at the BTS winter meeting in London in December will detail progress on developing the guidelines and pathway.

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