The assessment of asthma in children is critical to determining when to start, stop and adjust daily anti-inflammatory controller medications, and to achieving optimal asthma outcomes. Several key aspects of asthma management are discussed including; 1) establishing a diagnosis of asthma, 2) classifying asthma severity or control, 3) assigning treatment (e.g., determining which patients are in need of daily controller medications), and 4) evaluating how well a patient is responding to prescribed asthma therapy. Use of validated control measures has been encouraged in the 2007 EPR-3 NIH asthma guidelines as means of facilitating the assessment of asthma control. Several measures of asthma control are included for use in clinical practice.
- Asthma control
- Asthma diagnosis
- Asthma severity
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health