Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
This document is designed to increase the primary care provider’s knowledge of hazardous substances in the environment and to promote the adoption of medical practices that help evaluate and care for potentially exposed patients.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This 75-slide presentation depicts the pathophysiology of asthma; prevalence, mortality, and morbidity measures at the national level; risk factors; medical management; and the public health response needed to successfully fight asthma.
H1N1 and Seasonal InfluenzaPeople with asthma are at high risk of developing complications after contracting the influenza virus, yet most people with asthma do not receive an annual flu vaccination. Children and adults with asthma should receive influenza vaccinations.
- CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has made recommendations for a voluntary novel H1N1 vaccination effort to counter a possibly severe upcoming flu season. Various clinical trials have begun, some under the direction of the National Institutes of Health and others by manufacturers under contract with Health and Human Services.
Medical Organizations—Respiratory Diseases
This site offers information to help you learn more about childhood asthma and allergies.
- American Academy of Pediatrics PediaLink Asthma Curriculum
- State of Childhood Asthma and Future Directions: Strategies for Implementing Best Practices. Pediatrics 2009;123;S129–214. Available at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/vol123/Supplement_3/.
Accessed: July 1, 2009.
This site provides information about prevention and treatment of diseases, including asthma, through education, research, and communication.
The American Thoracic Society fosters the gathering, evaluating, and disseminating of scientific and clinical information. This Web page provides clinical information about asthma.
This medical and research center focuses on respiratory, immunologic, allergic, and infectious diseases.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Asthma Education and Prevention Program: Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (July 2007 update)
The guidelines emphasize the importance of asthma control and introduce new approaches for monitoring asthma. Updated recommendations for managing asthma include an expanded section on childhood asthma (with an additional age group), new guidance on medications, new recommendations on patient education in settings beyond the physician's office, and new advice for controlling environmental factors that can cause asthma symptoms.
The guidelines were developed by an expert panel commissioned by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee, which is coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.
NHLBI Guidelines Asthma Care Quick Reference Guide – Revised in 2012 [PDF - 859 KB]
Achieving and maintaining asthma control requires providing appropriate medication, addressing environmental factors that cause worsening symptoms, helping patients learn self-management skills, and monitoring over the long term to assess control and adjust therapy accordingly.
- NHLBI’s Healthy People 2010 Respiratory Gateway
This site provides you quick, easy access to information and resources on asthma.
- National Asthma Education and Prevention Program
This site provides you information about the program and about asthma according to target audience.
- Physician Asthma Care Education
The Physician Asthma Care Education (PACE) program is a multimedia educational seminar to improve physician awareness, ability, and use of communication and therapeutic techniques for reducing the effects of asthma on children and their families. It also provides instruction on how to document, code, and improve asthma counseling reimbursement.
Training Tool for Health Professionals
These comprehensive reading activities present aspects of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma for practitioners. These activities are free but require registration.
CDC’s National Asthma Control Program developed this set of videos to help public health professionals explain proper inhaler techniques to people with asthma and to their families and caregivers. These step-by-step instructions are presented in English and in Spanish. Use the videos at your office and provide the website address so that more people are able to control their asthma.
Dr. David Callahan outlines how clinicians can provide evidence-based care for patients with asthma in a 15-minute office visit.
Dr. David Callahan outlines how clinicians can prepare patients with asthma for symptom-free travel.
American Lung Association
National Environmental Education Foundation's "Environmental Management of Asthma: Guidelines for Health Care Providers"