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Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma

This report from the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) contains comprehensive guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma. The guidelines emphasize the importance of asthma control and introduce new approaches for monitoring asthma. The guidelines are available from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute here.

Continuing Education and Training

Physician Asthma Care Education

 The PACE Program is a two-part interactive, multi-media educational seminar to improve physician awareness, ability, and use of communication and therapeutic techniques for reducing the effects of asthma on children and their families. Click here to become a PACE Program leader.


Asthma in the Primary Care Practice

(Used with permission of the New York State Dept. of Health Asthma Program)         

This step-by step tutorial presented by Mamta Reddy, MD with the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center is intended to assist you, the clinician, in applying the key concepts of the updated recommendations of the National Asthma Education Program (NAEPP), Expert Panel Report -3 (EPR-3) into your practice.

The problem-based learning format of this activity will help you:
• Apply key changes of the NAEPP, EPR-3;
• Incorporate communication strategies to promote self management;
• Integrate trigger reduction recommendations into clinical practice;
• Adopt specific high leverage changes for greatest need and opportunity.  

This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 3.0 Prescribed Credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Of these credits, 1.5 conform to the AAFP criteria for evidence-based CME clinical content. CME credit has been increased to reflect 2 for 1 credit for only the EB CME portion. When reporting AAFP credit, report total Prescribed and Elective credit for this activity. It is not necessary to label credit as evidence-based CME for reporting purposes.

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ONLINE Resource for Healthcare Providers

A set of simple tools, the Asthma Guideline Implementations Steps and Tools (GIST), was developed by the Michigan Department of Community Health to assist healthcare providers in making treatment decisions for their asthma patients


Reducing Environmental Asthma Triggers Online Training     (Used with permission of the Minnesota Dept. of Health) This new training is available for healthcare providers, certified asthma educators, public health nurses, and all of those interested in learning more about how to reduce environmental asthma triggers. A 40-minute online training provides a comprehensive approach to address allergens, irritants, and performing a home assessment!      

 To begin the training, visit


Reducing Secondhand Smoke Exposure for Your Patients: Practical Office Counseling Techniques  

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) has created an online continuing education program on reducing secondhand smoke exposure funded through an educational grant from US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Use Motivational Interviewing and the 5 A’s Approach to Smoking Intervention in the Pediatric Office Setting
  • Promote Smoke Free Homes in Their Practice (Systems Change)
  • Address Special Populations

A maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ (1.0 CME per module) are available.


For more information or to register, visit:


Resources for Providers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Asthma Information for Healthcare Professionals

Environmental Protection Agency: For Healthcare Professionals

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

National Asthma Control Initiative: Healthcare Professionals

Supporting successful asthma management in schools: The role of asthma care providers

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology

American Academy of Family Physicians: Asthma

American Association for Respiratory Care

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

American Lung Association

The Global Initiative for Asthma

Asthma Alliance of Indianapolis: Information for Healthcare Professionals