National and international guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of asthma

Curr Opin Pulm Med. 1997 Jan;3(1):51-5. doi: 10.1097/00063198-199701000-00008.


Excellent guidelines on the management of asthma are now available. The most comprehensive guidelines developed recently are the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma, the NHLBI/World Health Organization Global Initiative for Asthma, and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Practice Parameters for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Asthma. The main purpose of such guidelines is to improve the quality of care for patients with asthma. This can only be accomplished, however, if these documents are used effectively.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / diagnosis*
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Managed Care Programs
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • United States