New asthma resource for GPs
The National Asthma Council Australia and Lung Foundation Australia recently released a new evidence-based resource to assist with the diagnosis and management of patients with asthma-COPD overlap. This resource has been developed by an expert panel in light of the growing recognition of asthma-COPD overlap as a clinical entity and the growing evidence around its prevalence, diagnosis and treatment.
Dr Kerry Hancock, expert panel member and GP said: “Patients with asthma–COPD overlap should be identified and treated differently from people with COPD or asthma alone because they have more symptoms, more flare-ups, greater use of health services, and higher mortality than patients with either condition alone.”
The paper was developed based on the latest available evidence and implications for practice in primary care. The Asthma–COPD overlap information paper for health professionals is available to download online and order in hardcopy through the National Asthma Council Australia website and from Lung Foundation Australia’s Information and Patient Support Centre (1800 654 301). For more information, please visit nationalasthma.org.au or lungfoundation.com.au
Read the information paper by clicking here.