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Asthma is a common condition with increasing prevalence. This new edition of the highly regarded ABC of Asthma has been thoroughly revised with reference to the latest British Thoracic Society guidelines on the management of asthma in children and adults. It covers the advances in practice and methods, with a new emphasis on delivery systems, self-dose assessment and delivery of care with different pharmacological approaches.

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ABC of Asthma

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Overview

Asthma is a common condition with increasing prevalence. This new edition of the highly regarded ABC of Asthma has been thoroughly revised with reference to the latest British Thoracic Society guidelines on the management of asthma in children and adults. It covers the advances in practice and methods, with a new emphasis on delivery systems, self-dose assessment and delivery of care with different pharmacological approaches.

The ABC of Asthma is a concise, up-to-date overview of all aspects of asthma and includes two new chapters focussing on GP practice issues including clinical management and organisation of asthma care. It is ideal for GPs, junior doctors and medical students, nurses, and anyone dealing with the treatment of asthma in children and adults.

The book contains predominantly color illustrations, with some black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Mary Beth Hogan
This is the third edition of a text dedicated to providing an overview of asthma management to the primary care physician in the United Kingdom. An update in this manual was warranted because the field of asthma management has undergone considerable change since the publication of the 1984 edition. This book meets its primary objective of providing the primary care physician with an overview of the recent changes in asthma management. However, it falls short of being usable as a prescribing or hands-on management reference book. The book is directed at primary care physicians. The manual makes liberal use of photographs, tables, and algorithms. This makes the book easy to read. The algorithms are intended to be summaries of the previously published International Consensus Report on the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. However, the algorithms are incomplete and confusing, thereby limiting their potential usefulness to the primary care physician. The addition of references for those practitioners seeking more detailed information would be helpful. The main value of this edition lies in its presentation of a consistent and clear message that today's management of asthma requires early and aggressive measures to prevent significant morbidity and mortality. This book's usefulness would be increased with more detailed instructions on allergen avoidance measures and prescribing information. There are a few significant deviations from the U.S. National Asthma Education Program recommendations. These include an overemphasis on the use of anticholinergic medications, and smaller doses of systemic glucocorticosteroids are advocated by the authors. In addition, the use of epinephrine (which isreadily available in most primary care practices) is never mentioned as a form of management in the severe status asthmaticus section of the book. These deviations limit the applicability of this manual for the U.S. primary care physician. This book provides a good overview of the issues involved in the management of asthma. However, it falls short of providing the information that would most enable primary care physicians to easily implement changes in the management of their patients with asthma.
Peter M. Daher
This concise and useful book is a description of our current understanding of asthma as it applies to the care and treatment of both adults and children. This edition is an update of the earlier 1995 review. This book is designed to provide a description of the underlying mechanics of the asthma process and an explanation of treatment approaches in a straightforward fashion. The authors succeed in accomplishing their goal. This text is directed toward all primary care physicians who treat both adults and children. In addition, medical students will find the text to be an extremely useful learning tool. Nurse practitioners and physicians assistants will also find it useful. This book is a concise description of asthma and its underlying pathophysiology. Diagnostic testing and its implications are well described. Treatment modalities, including bronchodilators, steroids, and environmental factors are reinforced. Precipitating factors are emphasized. Illustrations and tables are effectively used to make the material easier to understand. Algorithms are very well done and carry the clinician through multiple scenarios. This concise text is an effective update of our understanding of one of the most common problems encountered by the primary care physician. It is easy to read and understand and is a very valuable contribution to the family practitioner's library.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: peter m daher, md(Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This concise and useful book is a description of our current understanding of asthma as it applies to the care and treatment of both adults and children. This edition is an update of the earlier 1995 review.
Purpose: This book is designed to provide a description of the underlying mechanics of the asthma process and an explanation of treatment approaches in a straightforward fashion. The authors succeed in accomplishing their goal.
Audience: This text is directed toward all primary care physicians who treat both adults and children. In addition, medical students will find the text to be an extremely useful learning tool. Nurse practitioners and physicians assistants will also find it useful.
Features: This book is a concise description of asthma and its underlying pathophysiology. Diagnostic testing and its implications are well described. Treatment modalities, including bronchodilators, steroids, and environmental factors are reinforced. Precipitating factors are emphasized. Illustrations and tables are effectively used to make the material easier to understand. Algorithms are very well done and carry the clinician through multiple scenarios.
Assessment: This concise text is an effective update of our understanding of one of the most common problems encountered by the primary care physician. It is easy to read and understand and is a very valuable contribution to the family practitioner's library.
From the Publisher
"It is a good resource and provides scope for wider reading". (Nursing Children and Young People, 1 April 2011)

"Overall, this book provides a nice, concise review of asthma in both adults and children. Although there is a significant amount of repetition within the adult and children sections, the book could provide an additional resource for healthcare students and practitioners using British Thoracic Society treatment guidelines." (Journal of Pharmacy Technology, January 2011)


3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118699997
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/9/2013
  • Series: ABC Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 104
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

John Rees, Consultant Physician and Professor of Medical Education, Sherman Education Centre, Guy’s Hospital, London, UK

Dipak Kanabar, Consultant Paediatrician, Evelina Children's Hospital, Guy’s Hospital, London, UK

Shriti Pattani, Medical Director, Corporate Healthcare Ltd., Harrow, Middlesex, UK

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Asthma in Adults (John Rees).

1 Definition and Pathology.

2 Prevalence.

3 Diagnostic Testing and Monitoring.

4 Clinical Course.

5 Precipitating Factors.

6 General Management of Chronic Asthma.

7 Treatment of Chronic Asthma.

8 General Management of Acute Asthma.

9 Treatment of Acute Asthma.

10 Methods of Delivering Drugs.

Asthma in Children (Dipak Kanabar).

11 Definition, Prevalence and Prevention.

12 Patterns of Illness and Diagnosis.

13 Treatment.

14 Pharmacological Therapies for Asthma.

15 Acute Severe Asthma.

General Practice (Shriti Pattani).

16 Clinical Aspects of Managing Asthma in Primary Care.

17 Organisation of Asthma Care in Primary Care.

Index.

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