An asthma review is an appointment with your G.P. or asthma nurse that gives you the opportunity to discuss your condition and find out whether your asthma is properly controlled.
What will be covered?
- How well controlled is your asthma?
- Allergy and trigger avoidance
- Inhaler technique
- A review of treatment and medication
- Use of reliever therapy
- Lung function test and review
- Vaccination update
- Quitting smoking (if smoking is an issue for you)
- Any other issues you want to discuss in relation to your asthma
How often should asthma be reviewed?
After commencing asthma treatment, your doctor will usually see you after a month to review your symptoms.
When your asthma is under control, reviews will normally take place every 6 months or more frequently if needed.
If your asthma becomes poorly controlled, you will need to be reviewed more regularly until your symptoms have reduced and the doctor is satisfied that your asthma is back to being properly controlled. The frequency of reviews will be different depending on the patient and how they are responding to treatment.
What should you bring to an asthma review?
- Your inhalers- it is important to have your inhaler technique checked and reviewed regularly
- Peak flow meter and diary- so your doctor can examine any important changes
- A list of any questions you may have- this is helpful as you may not always remember everything you’d like to discuss with your doctor during your appointment
What to bring up at a review?
- Complete an Asthma Action Plan with your healthcare professional if you don't currently have one
- Take the opportunity to ensure your Asthma Action Plan is up to date.
- Any issues you have with following your prescribed treatment eg. Struggling to use inhalers, forgetting dosages etc.
- Any side effects you may be experiencing from the medication and how to manage them.
- Any other medical or lifestyle conditions which are affecting your asthma such as Hay Fever or triggers in the workplace.