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J Clin Outcomes Manage 
2007 Dec;14(12):655-666
Caring for adolescents and adults with asthma: what does the 2007 expert panel report say?
Fuhlbrigge AL

Educational Needs Addressed Asthma is a common chronic condition of which the prevalence has increased over the last 2 decades. More than 22 million people in the United States have asthma, including 6.5 million children younger than 18 years. Without appropriate treatment, asthma can significantly limit a patientís activities and result in asthma exacerbations, which can lead to hospitalization and even death. In addition to causing significant morbidity and affecting quality of life, asthma imposes a significant burden on the health care system. The goal of asthma therapy is to control asthma so that patients can live active, full lives while minimizing their risk of asthma exacerbations and other problems. It is important that physicians provide care based on the best available scientific evidence. The 2007 National Asthma Education and Prevention Programís Expert Panel Report (EPR-3) provides new guidance for selecting treatment based on a patientís individual needs and level of asthma control. Familiarity with these guidelines should help physicians provide quality asthma care. Educational Objectives After participating in this CME activity, primary care physicians should be able to 1. Know the approach to assessing asthma severity and control 2. Describe the stepwise approach to pharmacotherapy recommended in the 2007 Expert Panel Report 3. Describe the environmental factors that can precipitate asthma symptoms and measures that can be taken to address them 4.Understand the importance of patient and family education

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