What are the goals of therapy for pediatric asthma?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program guidelines highlight the importance of treating impairment and risk domains of asthma. [2] The goals for therapy are as follows:

  • Control asthma by reducing impairment through prevention of chronic and troublesome symptoms (eg, coughing or breathlessness in the daytime, in the night, or after exertion)

  • Reduce the need for a short-acting beta2-agonist (SABA) for quick relief of symptoms (not including prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm)

  • Maintain near-normal pulmonary function

  • Maintain normal activity levels (including exercise and other physical activity and attendance at work or school)

  • Satisfy patients' and families' expectations for asthma care


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