There are specific goals that can be used to evaluate asthma therapy. Failure to meet the goals should prompt a review of the patient and asthma therapy.
chronic asthma symptoms during the day
none or minimal
chronic asthma symptoms at night
limitations of activities, such as missing school or work
visits to the Emergency Department
use of inhaled short-acting beta-2 agonists
minimal (less than one canister per month)
pulmonary function tests
normal or near normal
adverse effects from medications
satisfaction with asthma care
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