B1.1. Establish an accurate diagnosis of asthma through a focused history and physical exam
a. Including family, occupational and environmental history
b. Including differentiating non-asthma causes of wheezing
B1.2. Understand what the appropriate diagnostic testing is for asthma (ie. spirometry and pulmonary function tests), when to order it and how to interpret the findings.
B1.3. Explain underlying pathophysiology of asthma to patients and/or family members
a. In relation to acute and recurrent episodes and prophylaxis principles
b. In relation to mechanism of action for relevant meds
c. In relation to red flags of impending asthma crisis
B1.4. Assess asthma control and identify modifiable triggers for patients.
B1.5. Describe the different medication delivery methods (and relevant compliance / educational issues).
B1.6. Understand the different medication categories, including
a. mechanism of drug action, particularly SABA and ICS
b. benefits, risks
c. use by patients, especially compliance and method of use of each device
B1.7. Propose a management plan for patients with acute exacerbations.
Asthma Clinical Card 2014
Keegan DA, Kim G, Thornton TH. Asthma. Canadian Family Medicine Clinical Card. 2012. Available at: https://sites.google.com/site/sharcfm/
Asthma Clinical Findings
The Calgary Guide to Understanding Disease. Asthma: Clinical Findings. Published Nov 1, 2012. Available at: http://calgaryguide.ucalgary.ca/
Asthma Investigation Findings
The Calgary Guide to Understanding Disease. Asthma: Findings on Investigations. Published Dec 17, 2012. Available at: http://calgaryguide.ucalgary.ca/
Nov 11 2015 Asthma Diagnosis and Management Algorithm OTS ORCS FINAL
Ontario Lung Association. Asthma Diagnosis and Management Algorithm for Primary Care. 2013. To find the most updated versions of these tools as well as additional lung health resources, please access their website at: www.on.lung.ca/PCAP
2012_CTS_Asthma_ Executive_ Summary
Lougheed MD, Lemiere C, Ducharme FM et al. Canadian Thoracic Society 2012 guideline update: Diagnosis and management of asthma in preschoolers, children and adults: Executive summary. Can Respir J. 2012; 19(6). Available at http://www.respiratoryguidelines.ca/
Asthma Devices Clinical Card 2014
Chadha N, Keegan DA. Asthma Devices. Canadian Family Medicine Clinical Card. 2013. Available at: https://sites.google.com/site/sharcfm/
Ontario Lung Association. Respiratory Medications: Medications currently available in Ontario. Updated September 29, 2015. To find the most updated versions of these tools as well as additional lung health resources, please access their website at: www.on.lung.ca/PCAP
Asthma Action Plan 2013
Ontario Lung Association. Asthma Action Plan. To find the most updated versions of these tools as well as additional lung health resources, please access their website at: www.on.lung.ca/PCAP
Asthma Society of Canada. Asthma Action Plan. Available at http://asthma.ca/
Office Emergencies emodule
Jansz G, Law M, Lee S et al. Office Emergencies: Family and Community Medicine Clerkship Core Curriculum Module. University of Toronto.