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 having, any concerns you may have, your asthma medication, and perhaps discuss ways to manage your asthma better.

 

WHAT MIGHT YOUR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DO AT AN ASTHMA REVIEW?

At your scheduled asthma visits, your doctor or asthma nurse will usually talk with you about:

  • How your asthma is going, which includes checking:
    • your asthma symptom control
    • if you’ve had any asthma attacks or flare-ups
    • your lung function
    • 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
  • Checking your written Asthma Action Plan. These provide clear information and instructions for managing your asthma. Your doctor will want to ensure it makes sense to you and you can follow it if needed. If you don’t have one yet, you can download a template here and ask your doctor to complete with you.  

 

WHEN SHOULD YOU GO FOR AN ASTHMA REVIEW?

An Asthma Review is an important way to help you stay on top of your asthma symptoms and maintain good asthma control.

The Australian Asthma Handbook by the National Asthma Council Australia suggests having 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 treatment has changed, you should have a follow-up Asthma Review after 1-3 months or 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
  • 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.

 

 

ASTHMA REVIEW WORKSHEET

We know getting an appointment with your doctor can be tough sometimes. Other times your doctor is so busy, you don’t get a chance to ask all your questions. So, when you finally have an appointment, you want to make the most of it!

The Asthma Review Worksheet is designed to help you have a better doctor’s appointment. No more “I forgot to mention….” or “I ran out of time to ask…” – all the important stuff is right in front of you.

Download the Asthma Review Worksheet.

It helps you reflect on your asthma management and gather the information your doctor needs to make sure your treatment is the best it can be.

Not sure what else to ask your doctor? Download our things to ask and tell your doctor checklist.

 

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 can tell you and your doctor if there is room for improvement.

Still have questions about Asthma Reviews, speak to one of our Asthma Educators today! Call 1800 ASTHMA 1800 278 462