WHAT IS AN ASTHMA REVIEW?
An Asthma Review is a chance for you to talk to your doctor about your asthma. A chance to talk about any symptoms you may be experiencing, any concerns you may have, to review your asthma medication, and perhaps discuss ways to better manage your asthma.
WHAT MIGHT YOUR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DO AT AN ASTHMA REVIEW?
At scheduled asthma visits, they usually discuss:
- How your asthma is going, which includes:
- assessing your asthma symptom control
- asking you about whether you’ve had any asthma attacks or flare-ups
- assessing your lung function
- reviewing any asthma risk factors you might have, like the presence of other conditions, exposure to triggers and your social situation
- How your current medical treatment is working: whether you’re taking it as prescribed, using your device correctly and whether you’re experiencing any side effects
- Providing or updating your written Asthma Action Plan, ensuring it makes sense to you and you can follow it if needed
WHEN SHOULD YOU GO FOR AN ASTHMA REVIEW?
The Australian Asthma Handbook by the National Asthma Council Australia suggests that an Asthma Review is an important way to help you stay on top of your asthma symptoms and maintain good asthma control.
It’s important to have your asthma reviewed by your health care professional:
- At least once per year for an adult and at least twice a year for children
- If your condition has changed at all and despite following your Asthma Action Plan it doesn’t improve, you should see your doctor as soon as possible
- If your treatment plan has changed, it is highly recommended to have an Asthma Review after 1-3 months preferably within a month for children
- If you are pregnant, your asthma should be reviewed every 4-6 weeks
- If you have severe asthma, you will have a regular follow up plan that you will discuss with your doctor
- Within 3 days of being discharged from an emergency department visit or hospital and again in 2-4 weeks.
DO YOU KNOW YOUR LEVEL OF ASTHMA CONTROL?
Check your Asthma Score with our Control Test
You can take the Asthma Control Test to work out your asthma score or level of asthma control. Even if you think your asthma is under control, knowing your Asthma Score is important and can help your doctor determine how to best manage your asthma.
Still have questions about Asthma Reviews, speak to one of our Asthma Educators today!
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