Management of Chronic Asthma in Adults

Prim Care. 2023 Jun;50(2):179-190. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2023.01.001. Epub 2023 Mar 25.


Asthma is characterized by chronic inflammation and respiratory symptoms such as wheezing and coughing. In the United States, it affects 25 million people annually. Chronic smokers, poor adherence to medications, incorrect use of inhalers, and overall poor asthma control are known risk factors that lead to poorly controlled chronic asthmatics. Although asthma is traditionally categorized by severity, treatment by primary care providers is guided by the Global Initiative for Asthma or the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. As more research is available, shared decision-making between health care providers and patients will lead to improved outcomes in managing chronic asthma.

Keywords: Adult-onset; Allergic; Asthma in pregnancy; COVID-19; Chronic airway inflammation; Chronic asthma; Chronic management; Non-allergic.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asthma* / diagnosis
  • Asthma* / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • United States