Assessing Asthma Severity: A Self-assessment and Clinical Overview


Assessing Asthma Severity: A Self-assessment and Clinical Overview

Topic: Pulmonary Disease
Relevant Terms: Asthma, comorbidities, assessing disease severity and control
Primary Audience: Primary care clinicians, community pulmonologists, allergists, and others involved in the management of patients with asthma.
Launch Date: 16-Aug-16
Credits: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Expiration Date: The accreditation for this activity has expired.
Curriculum Name: Point of Care Clinical Decisions in Asthma Management

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Follow guideline recommendations for the diagnosis and assessment of asthma.
  2. Use spirometry and standardized questionnaires to assess disease severity.
  3. Develop guideline-recommended treatment plans for patients with asthma based on disease severity.
  4. Provide patients with the education and tools to engage them as active partners in their asthma care.


    ​Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc
    Director, Asthma Program
    Professor of Medicine
    Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
    Department of Medicine                                            
    National Jewish Health
    Denver, CO
    Monica Kraft, MD
    Professor of Medicine
    Chair, Department of Medicine
    The Robert and Irene Flinn Endowed Chair of Medicine
    University of Arizona
    Tucson, AZ
    Michael E Wechsler, MD, MMSc, discloses the following relationships with commercial interests: 
    Consultant--Sanofi, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Teva, Genentech, Theravance, Vectura, Mylan, Regeneron, Boston Scientific, Meda, Tunitas

    Monica Kraft, MD, discloses the following relationships with commercial interests: 
    Consultant--Teva, AstraZeneca, Genentech
    Grant Funding--Roche, Sanofi, Chiesi

    Rick Ricer, MD, Physician Reviewer, University of Cincinnati, has no conflicts of interest to disclose. 
    Susan P. Tyler, MEd, CMP, CHCP, FACEHP, University of Cincinnati, has no conflicts of interest to disclose. 
    Joshua Kilbridge, Medical Writer, has no conflicts of interest to disclose.
    Kathleen Hines, Vice President, Editorial Services, MCM Education, has no conflicts of interest to disclose. 
    Terry Ann Glauser, MD, MPH, Vice President, Medical Affairs, MCM Education has no conflicts of interest to disclose. 

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    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Cincinnati and MCM Education. The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

    The University of Cincinnati designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Release date: August 16, 2016 
    Last review date: August 16, 2016 
    Expiration date: August 30, 2017

    This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis.
    To receive credit, users must:
    • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures.
    • Participate in the activity.
    • Complete the activity evaluation.
    Physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who score 80% or higher on the post-test and complete the evaluation will receive CME credit for this activity. All other participants who successfully complete the post-test and evaluation will receive a certificate of participation.
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