Clinical Audit: Optimising Asthma Control
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This education is accredited: RACGP 40 CPD, ACRRM 30 CME PD.
This clinical audit aims to support a quality consultation that optimises control of asthma in a patient currently managed on a preventer medication.
- Patients over 12 years old with a diagnosis of asthma
- Using preventer medication (Inhaled Corticosteroids or ICS) alone or in combination with a long acting beta agonist (LABA).
Steps to Proceed
What the GP needs to do
- Log in or register on this page
- Use the 'Click here to proceed' button to get started.
- Read the background information on the audit's underlying evidence and best practice statements and answer some questions.
- It would be a good idea to complete this 10 minute activity before your first audit patient.
2. Identify 10 patients:
Tips to identify 10 patients
1. Consider a patient being consulted for asthma
2. Perform a search on your practice software using the following search criteria: (Please consult your practice software help or support function if required)
- Diagnosis: Asthma
- Age: Over 12 years old
- Medications: Inhaled Corticosteroids (ICS) alone or in combination with a long acting beta agonist (LABA)
3. Recall these patients for a consultation - click here to download a recall letter that can be mail merged using your practice software or handed out by your practice nurse.
3. Assess for each patient:
- Review of current medications
- Optimising care in asthma
- Assess asthma control
- Severity of symptoms
- Asthma management plan
- Medication change
- Patient education
Enter this information in the patient data entry section of the audit.
- Discuss a management plan with the patient based on current evidence and considered best practice
Recommendations will be based on assessment from part 3 (above):
- Tolerance factors in medication use
- Inhaler device and technique
- Impact on quality of life
- Asthma guideline
Specifically based on assessment and a stepped approach to medication change in adults with asthma:
- Either add or switch medication.
Add - LABA to ICS for flare-up prevention and symptom control
Switch - to other fixed-dose combination treatment for comparable efficacy and improved tolerability
5. Data review and evaluation
- Once you have entered data for 10 patients, review your results and evaluate the audit recommendations.
6. CPD points
- Completion of this activity will award you 40 RACGP QI&CPD points, or 30 ACRRM PDP points.
- If a nurse assisted you in completing the clinical audit and wants to claim CPD points download a certificate here.
This program is supported by Mundipharma Pty Limited.
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