Asthma Management and Primary Care

Dr Kevin Gruffydd-Jones is the respiratory lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in the UK and an adviser to the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Asthma Management Guideline group. In his interview he explains that primary care physicians are not only the first point of contact with patients complaining of asthma symptoms, but they also have a crucial role in regularly monitoring patients to make sure treatment remains effective and symptoms are controlled

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Dr Gruffydd-Jones stresses good patient/doctor dialogue is vital to ensure asthma management plans remain up to date and optimised. When primary care practitioners see patients for regular check-ups, some patients may accept their asthma symptoms are inevitable, or report asthma is well-controlled when, in fact, they are holding back from some daily activities because they are worried these will trigger an asthma exacerbation. He says: “Primary care has a pivotal role in regularly monitoring people with asthma to make sure they are alright and to make sure we have got the correct treatment for them.”