MIMS Education

Asthma Exacerbation: Diagnosis and Treatment

Asthma Exacerbation: Diagnosis and Treatment

Family MedicineGeneral PracticeInternal MedicineRespiratory Medicine
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About this course

Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways that may have periods of adequate symptom control with episodes of exacerbations that are beyond the normal day-to-day fluctuation of baseline function. Exacerbations may occur with or without triggers hence it is important to recognize patients at risk for exacerbation. In addition, the severity of exacerbations should likewise be assessed in the clinic to determine the appropriate management for these patients. This e-learning module reviews the recognition, assessment, and management of acute asthma exacerbation in primary care with a special discussion on COVID-19 and asthma.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Recognize an acute asthma exacerbation based on clinical findings
  • Choose an appropriate treatment regimen for asthma exacerbation in primary care

Topics covered

  • Triggers of asthma exacerbation
  • Identifying patients at risk for asthma exacerbation
  • Diagnosis and assessment of asthma severity
  • Management of asthma exacerbation in primary care
  • COVID-19 and asthma

Keywords: Asthma exacerbation, asthma exacerbation diagnosis, asthma exacerbation treatment

1 CME Point Available

  • This module is accredited for 1 CME Point for medical practitioners enrolled in The Medical Council of Hong Kong’s Continuing Medical Education Programme for Practising Doctors who are not taking CME for Specialists.
    • This module is accredited for both Hong Kong Doctors Union (HKDU) members and non-members.
  • This module is accredited for 0.5 CME Point for fellows of the Hong Kong College of Physicians, Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine, Hong Kong College of Community Medicine.
  • Please note that this module will not earn CME credit for fellows of colleges not listed here
  • A certificate can be downloaded upon successful completion of the quiz. Please use the information on the certificate to claim your CME points