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Useful asthma resources

Some useful resources for severe asthma care

Asthma symptom and quality of life questionnaires

Asthma Control Questionnaire - The ACQ consists of 7 questions and patients are asked to recall how their asthma has been during the previous week. The questions are equally weighted and the ACQ score is the mean of the 7 questions and therefore between 0 (totally controlled) and 6 (severely uncontrolled).

Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire - The AQLQ consists of 32 questions in 4 domains and provides a measure of health-related quality of life of adults with asthma.

Euroqol 5D -  a standardised tool developed as a measure of health-related quality of life that can be used in a wide range of health conditions and treatments. The EQ-5D consists of a descriptive system and the EQ VAS.

Relevant NICE guidance

Omalizumab for treating severe persistent allergic asthma

Mepolizumab for treating severe refractory eosinophilic asthma

Reslizumab for treating severe eosinophilic asthma

Bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma

Measuring fractional exhaled nitric oxide concentration in asthma

Asthma: diagnosis, monitoring and chronic asthma management

Relevant NICE quality standards

Asthma - Quality Standard QS25

Guidelines

BTS/SIGN British guideline on the management of asthma

International ERS/ATS guidelines on definition, evaluation and treatment of severe asthma

Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention, GINA Report 2017 

Useful websites

The severe asthma toolkit

This is an independent and contemporary online education and training resource developed by Vanessa McDonald and Peter Gibson. It provides multidisciplinary clinicians with the latest information and resources to assist in optimising care for people with severe asthma. Whilst it has been developed in Australia, the majority of the content will be relevant for an international audience.

toolkit.severeasthma.org.au