New NICE Asthma diagnosis and monitoring guideline released

1st December 2017

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has issued an Asthma – diagnosis, monitoring and chronic asthma guideline for the first time.

Education for Health was among more than 400 stakeholders invited to offer feedback on the draft version of the guideline, which was created following a request from the Department of Health and Welsh Government.

The guideline covers diagnosing, monitoring and managing asthma in adults, young people and children. It aims to improve the accuracy of diagnosis, help people to control their asthma and reduce the risk of asthma attacks. It does not cover managing severe asthma or acute asthma attacks. NICE acknowledges that the investment and training required to implement the guideline will take time. However, in the meantime, NICE recommends primary care services should implement what they can of the recommendations, using currently available approaches to diagnosis until the infrastructure for objective testing is in place.

The full guideline can be viewed at the NICE website.

More information

View Education for Health Asthma courses, including a wide range of dates still open for 2017. More dates in 2018 are currently being set up and will be listed at www.educationforhealth.org/asthma when confirmed.