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Asthma guidance – part 2

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) and British Thoracic Society (BTS) published their British guideline for the management of asthma in September 2016. This was followed in November 2017 by the publication by NICE Guidance (NG80) of Asthma: diagnosis, monitoring and chronic asthma management.

Discrepancies between the two guidelines have the potential to introduce uncertainty for clinicians and inconsistencies in the care of individual patients.

As a follow-on from the PCRA digital resource entitled Asthma Guidance Part 1, released earlier in 2018, Steve Holmes (Joint PCRS-UK Clinical Lead for Primary Care Respiratory Academy and PCRS-UK Education Lead) and Carol Stonham (Joint PCRS-UK Clinical Lead for Primary Care Respiratory Academy and PCRS-UK Vice Chair) are here captured in conversation on the practical implications for primary care clinicians. They map the journey from a comparison of the processes used by both advisory groups, through the Guidelines’ recommendations for diagnosis, monitoring and management, and end on practical advice issued by PCRS-UK.



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