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British guideline on the management of asthma

Produced jointly by SIGN and the British Thoracic Society (BTS) since 2003, the guideline covers diagnosis and management of asthma in adults and children and sections of the guideline are updated biennially.

Remit and target users

The 2016 update includes a complete revision of the section on diagnosis of asthma and a major update to the section on pharmacological management of asthma as well as revisions to the sections on supported self management, non-pharmacological management of asthma, management of acute asthma in adults and children, difficult asthma and organisation and delivery of care.

This guideline will be of interest to healthcare professionals involved in the care of people with asthma including general practitioners, consultants and specialists in respiratory medicine, nurses and pharmacists. I also be of interest to people with asthma, their parents and carers; those who interact with people with asthma outside of the NHS, such as teachers; voluntary organisations with an interest in asthma; and those planning the delivery of services.

How this guideline was developed

This guideline was developed using a standard methodology based on a systematic review of the evidence. Further details can be found in SIGN 50: A Guideline Developer’s Handbook.

Keeping up to date

This guideline was issued in 2016 and will be updated biennially The review history, and any updates to the guideline in the interim period, will be noted in the review report.

If you are aware of any new evidence that would update this guideline please complete a change request form and return to:

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