Clinical case study

Asthma: optimising asthma control in children

A 4-year-old diagnosed with asthma 6 months ago presents with worsening asthma symptoms.

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Accreditation

It is recommended that 1 CPD hour be recorded for the purposes of self-directed CPD.

 

About

In this case study you'll meet Daniel O'Connor, a 4-year-old with asthma. Over the last month Daniel has been wheezing nearly every day. He has also been waking up once or twice a week at night short of breath.

How would you classify the pattern of Daniel's asthma symptoms? What medicine(s) should be prescribed for Daniel? Which inhaler device(s) would Daniel be able to use most effectively? What should be included in Daniel's written asthma action plan?

Complete this case study at your convenience on the device of your choice (computer or tablet). Receive instant feedback, compare your approach to that of your peers and read expert commentary provided by a leading Australian respiratory physician. You'll need to register but it's free and secure.

 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this activity you should be able to:

  • select age-appropriate preventer medicines and devices
  • make treatment recommendations based on asthma classification
  • promote use of written asthma action plans to help patients better manage their asthma
  • implement a systems approach to monitor patients' asthma control.