Management of asthma: The current US and European guidelines

Ashwini P. Reddy, Meera R. Gupta

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Asthma management guidelines aim to improve the implementation of current knowledge into daily clinical practice by establishing a consensus of scientific practices for the management of asthma. Initial guidelines were based on consensus of expert opinion in order to employ a severity-based classification system as a guide to treatment. However, advances in asthma research led to the development of evidence-based guidelines and a major paradigm shift to control-based asthma management. Control-based management is central to the published guidelines developed by The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), and The British Thoracic Society (BTS), each one using the same volume of evidence but emphasizing aspects particular to their specific patient populations and socioeconomic needs. This chapter summarizes the evolution of these guidelines and summarizes the key points and evidence used in the recommendations for the assessment, monitoring, and management of asthma in all ages, with particular emphasis on the NHLBI guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Number of pages23
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Print)00652598


  • Asthma
  • Asthma: diagnosis
  • Asthma: drug therapy
  • Asthma: management
  • Asthma: pediatric guidelines
  • Asthma: treatment
  • BTS guidelines
  • GINA guidelines
  • Humans
  • NHLBI guidelines
  • Practice guidelines as topic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Medicine


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