• Course
  • ELU

1.5 hours

GPs,GP trainees

Guideline focus: asthma diagnosis in adults and children (BTS SIGN)

Practical tips for GPs on the diagnostic recommendations from the 2016 update of the BTS/SIGN asthma guideline, including assessing patients with symptoms suggestive of asthma, differential diagnoses to consider, and when to start a trial of treatment.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module you should:

  • Be able to complete a structured clinical assessment of a patient with symptoms suggestive of asthma, identifying the likelihood of an asthma diagnosis
  • Appreciate the difference in diagnostic work up needed for patients with high, intermediate, and low probability of asthma
  • Understand the strengths and limitations of objective tests for asthma
  • Consider alternative diagnoses for a patient presenting with respiratory symptoms
  • Know how to initiate, monitor, and review a trial of treatment in patients with suspected asthma
  • Understand the key differences between the approach recommended by BTS/SIGN and that of NICE.

Written by:

 Luke Daines, Mike Thomas

Peer reviewed by:

Hilary Pinnock

Last updated

13 Jul 2018

Release date

10 Jan 2017

Accreditation

Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
Azerbaijan: The Scientific-Medical Council of the Ministry of Health of Azerbaijan Republic 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours The Scientific-Medical Council of the Ministry of Health of Azerbaijan Republic has formally accredited all BMJ Learning modules for medical doctor`s continuous professional development. Completion of one module is considered as the equivalent of 0.5 credits or 30 minutes of learning.
Azerbaijan: The Scientific-Medical Council of the Ministry of Health of Azerbaijan Republic 1.5 credits, 1:30 hours The Scientific-Medical Council of the Ministry of Health of Azerbaijan Republic has assigned and hour and a half of CPD/CME credit to this module.
BMJ Learning 1.5 credits, 1:30 hours BMJ Learning has assigned one and a half hours of credit to this module.
Lam Dong Medical College 1.5 credits, 1:30 hours Lam Dong Medical College has assigned 1 hour and 30 minutes of CPD/CME credit to this module.
Lam Dong Medical College 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours This is to state that Lam Dong Medical College recognises BMJ Learning as being accredited for the purposes of continuing professional development in Vietnam. Healthcare professionals and doctors can claim continuing professional development credits for their activity on BMJ Learning.
The Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Health, Labour and Social Affairs of Georgia 1.5 credits, 1:30 hours The Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Health, Labour and Social Affairs of Georgia has assigned 1 hour and 30 minutes of CPD/CME credit to this module.
The Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Health, Labour and Social Affairs of Georgia 0.5 credits, 0:05 hours The Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Health, Labour and Social Affairs of Georgia has assigned 30 minutes of CPD/CME credit to this module.
The University of Conakry 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours This is to state that the University of Conakry recognizes BMJ Learning resources as being accredited for the purposes of continuing professional development in Guinea. Doctors can thus claim continuing professional development credits for their activity on BMJ.
Ukrainian Ministry of Health 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours The Ukrainian Ministry of Health has assigned 30 minutes of CPD/CME credit to this module.
Ukrainian Ministry of Health 1.5 credits, 1:30 hours Ukrainian Ministry of Health has assigned 1 hour and 30 minutes of CPD/CME credit to this module.