MIMS Education

“Breathless in the Workplace”: Unveiling the Realities of Occupational Asthma

“Breathless in the Workplace”: Unveiling the Realities of Occupational Asthma

Family MedicineGeneral PracticeInternal MedicineRespiratory Medicine
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About this course

Occupational asthma (OA) is a type of work-related asthma that develops due to conditions attributable to exposures at work. It is a common debilitating workplace condition that poses significant medical, socio-economic, and legal implications.

Early diagnosis and prompt management of OA is crucial as a shorter symptomatic period is associated with a better outcome, with some cases achieving complete recovery. This e-learning module on occupational asthma presents the diagnostic approach and management of the condition, including the stepwise approach to using asthma inhalers and other asthma treatment medications.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning module, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of diagnosing occupational asthma early.
  • Perform a comprehensive occupational history and physical examination.
  • Determine the indications for the different diagnostic tests.
  • Manage a patient with occupational asthma.

Topics covered

  • Introduction
  • Types of occupational asthma, causative agents, and occupations at risk
  • Diagnostic approach
  • Management
  • Notification and compensation
  • When to refer
  • Prognosis

Speaker for this course

Mithi Kalayaan Zamora, MD, FPCCP, FPCP
Internal Medicine – Adult Pulmonology

1 CPD Point Available

  • Score at least 80% on the quiz.
  • A certificate can be downloaded upon successful completion. Please use the information on the certificate to claim your CPD points.

Keywords: asthma, asthma symptoms, asthma treatment, asthma inhalers, wheezing, asthma therapy, dyspnea