August 30, 2007, Fairfax, VA — New guidelines released yesterday by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) will change our conversations about asthma.
“Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma” provides critical guidance to medical professionals, patients and families. The guidelines also highlight the importance of helping students manage asthma at school.
Elizabeth Nabel, MD, Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, said at a press conference that the new guidelines “place stronger emphasis on asthma monitoring. This new approach focuses on level of daily impairment and the patient’s future risk for asthma episodes, loss of lung function and side effects from medications.” For the first time, distinct recommendations for children ages 5-11 with asthma are included.
AANMA President Nancy Sander, a founding member of NAEPP, worked with panel members to ensure patient perspectives were represented. Several AANMA medical editors, advisors and board members were on the expert panel that developed the guidelines – the most patient-focused version of the guidelines to date!
“The new guidelines emphasize the partnership of care that should be developed and maintained among the patient, family and clinician,” says Stuart Stoloff, MD, a family practice physician who serves on AANMA’s Board of Directors and the NAEPP Expert Panel. “Multiple points of care, including schools, are discussed in the document. Asthma is a chronic disease which, at the present time, cannot be cured – but it can be controlled. Regular care to evaluate the level of control is a major component of the new guidelines.”
AANMA is currently developing a patient and family friendly version of the Expert Panel Report 3 to be published by year-end. AANMA members will have first access to this important new resource. In the meantime, you can read the new NAEPP guidelines online at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/index.htm.
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