Diagnosis and management of asthma: a summary of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program guidelines. National Institutes of Health

J La State Med Soc. 1998 Dec;150(12):611-7.


Asthma is a common disease that affects persons of all ages. It is responsible for more than 5,000 deaths annually in the United States and countless days absent from school and work. For these reasons, the National Institutes of Health established the National Asthma Education Program whose expert panels have published two reports: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma in 1991 and a revised report in 1997. A summary of the Expert Panel Report 2 published in 1997 is presented with emphasis on the outpatient diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of asthma. Education of the clinician and the patient is essential for effective management of asthma, and effective communication between clinician and patient is essential for implementing asthma education. The goal of this summary is to communicate and disperse the asthma education provided by the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma: Expert Panel Report 2 in hopes of improving asthma care and decreasing morbidity and mortality-attributed asthma.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Asthma / diagnosis*
  • Asthma / drug therapy*
  • Asthma / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • United States / epidemiology


  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents