The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP), National Institutes of Health has issued guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma. The NAEPP Guidelines focus on four critical areas for the proper care and management of asthma: diagnosis and monitoring, control of factors contributing to asthma severity, medications, and education & self-management. The Guidelines represent best practices and are accepted as the standard of care for effective treatment and management of asthma today.
The cornerstone for successfully managing asthma is an active partnership and good communication between the individual with asthma and their health care provider. Health care providers who follow the NAEPP Guidelines can diagnose and treat asthma, and get it under control, early. They can also start self-management education early and tailor it to the needs of the individual with asthma.
Individuals who learn about their condition and understand both their symptoms and how to control them will have more success managing the disease and staying healthy. Everyone who has asthma should participate with their health care provider in developing an asthma care management plan that describes what actions they need to take to control their asthma symptoms every day and what they need to do when they have a flare-up.
People who have asthma can stay healthy and lead fully active lives. With the right treatment and an asthma care management plan in place, people should experience:
- NO or FEW asthma symptoms
- NO sleep disruption at night
- NO emergency room visits or hospitalizations
- NO missed school or work days
Treatment Guidelines Resources
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology – Asthma IQ – web-based clinical decision support tool)
Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma: Guidelines for Health Care Providers – National Environmental Education Foundation
National Jewish Hospital – go to “For Professionals”