ANCHOR LEAD: NEW GUIDELINES FOR ASTHMA MANAGEMENT HAVE BEEN RELEASED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
People who have asthma may notice a change in their care the next time they see a physician. That’s because asthma care guidelines have been revised. Romi Saini, an asthma expert at Johns Hopkins, says one change is a more formal assessment of symptoms people may be having due to their asthma.
SAINI: It’s now being recommended more formally, besides asking general asthma questions, we actually regularly engage in using a systematic questionnaire as part of our assessment about how people are doing with their asthma. The major way asthma affects people is impairment of their desired activities. Their inability to go to school, their inability to go to work, so it’s very important that we stay on top of monitoring these symptoms as part of our judgment on how good someone’s asthma control is. :31
Saini says such information will help physicians manage asthma care better. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.