Overview

This session will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of asthma in the ambulatory setting, with an emphasis on new developments in the last year. It will cover: measurement of exhaled nitric oxide in the diagnosis and assessment of asthma, safety of long-acting beta-agonists in the treatment of asthma, use of long-acting anticholinergic bronchodilators for asthma, and novel biologic therapies for asthma. We will also review teaching the use of inhalers in asthma, including metered-dose inhalers, dry-powder inhalers, breath-actuated inhalers, and soft-mist inhalers. 

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the use of exhaled nitric oxide in the assessment of possible asthma
  • Discuss the risks associated with long-acting beta-agonist inhaler use in the treatment of asthma
  • Compare the bronchodilator activity of long-acting beta agonists and long-acting anticholinergic bronchodilators
  • Identify potential candidates for the novel biologic therapies used to treat asthma
  • Confidently teach your patients how to use asthma inhalers 

Faculty Disclosures

The following financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty.

Christopher H. Fanta, MD

No financial relationships to disclose. 

Disclosures

The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty, and all have been mitigated by Pri-Med Institute.

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Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Commercial Supporter

Not Applicable 

Education Partner

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