Asthma action plans
In this entry, I would like
to discuss the role of ‘action plans' in the care of patients with asthma.
Since asthma affects so many people, and is cared for by a range of providers,
action plans are a way for patients and providers to be able to take the right
steps in care when their asthma control changes.
What are asthma action plans?
An action plan is a written
document, individualized for each patient, that helps patients identify the
signs of worsening asthma control and take appropriate action. There are
several key components of action plans:
key symptoms or other markers of control to look
a complete, detailed list of current asthma
specific steps to take if things get worse.
Most action plans are split
into three main ‘zones' of asthma control - green, yellow, and red.
typically when things are going well for a particular patient
Yellow when there are early signs of worsening asthma
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