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A Stepwise Approach to the Interpretation of Pulmonary Function Tests - American Family...

Mar 1, 2014 - Office-based pulmonary function testing, also known as spirometry, is a powerful tool for primary care physicians to diagnose and manage respiratory problems. An obstructive defect is indicated by a low forced expiratory volume in one second/forced vital capacity (FEV1/FVC) ratio, which...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0301/p359.html

Acute Asthma and Other Recurrent Wheezing Disorders in Children - Clinical Evidence ...

Jul 15, 2013 - What are the effects of treatments for acute asthma in children?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0715/p130.html

Addition of Long-Acting Beta Agonists for Asthma in Children - Cochrane for Clinicians ...

Mar 1, 2010 - In children with persistent asthma who are already taking inhaled corticosteroids, the addition of a LABA does not lower the rate of exacerbations requiring oral steroids, rescue medication, or hospitalizations, but it improves measurable lung function.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0301/p598.html

Albuterol vs. Levalbuterol for Asthma Treatment in Children - AFP Journal Club - ...

May 1, 2008 - For children with acute asthma exacerbations, is levalbuterol better than albuterol? There is no difference between the medications in effectiveness or side effects.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0501/p1214.html

An Approach to Interpreting Spirometry - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2004 - Spirometry is a powerful tool that can be used to detect, follow, and manage patients with lung disorders. Technology advancements have made spirometry much more reliable and relatively simple to incorporate into a routine office visit. However, interpreting spirometry results can be ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0301/p1107.html

Are Metered-Dose Inhalers with Holding Chambers Better Than Nebulizers for Treating ...

Jan 1, 2003 - In the emergency room, MDIs with holding chambers are as effective as nebulizers for delivering beta2 agonists to treat acute asthma in adults and children older than age two. There might be slightly less beta2 agonist–induced tachycardia in children when MDIs with holding chambers are ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0101/p62.html

As-Needed Budesonide/Formoterol Similar to Maintenance Budesonide Plus SABA in Patients...

Nov 15, 2019 - In these patients with mild asthma (more than one-half used a short-acting beta-agonist [SABA] such as albuterol two or fewer times per week), as-needed use of a combined budesonide/formoterol (Symbicort) inhaler was as effective at preventing exacerbations as daily maintenance ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1115/p646a.html

As-Needed Use of Budesonide Plus Formoterol As Good As Daily Use of Steroid - POEMs - ...

Nov 15, 2018 - As-needed use of budesonide/formoterol is as effective as the daily use of maintenance budesonide plus as-needed terbutaline at preventing severe exacerbations, and results in a much lower cumulative steroid dose.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1115/od4.html

Asthma - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2019 - This collection features AFP content on asthma and related issues, including allergens, beta agonists, chronic cough, exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, inhalers, and wheezing. This collection features AFP content on asthma and related issues, including allergens, beta agonists, ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=3

Asthma - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2004 - What are the effects of treatments for chronic and acute asthma?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0701/p143.html

Asthma and Other Wheezing Disorders in Children - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American...

Dec 1, 2006 - What are the effects of treatments for acute asthma in children? What is the effect of single-agent prophylaxis in children taking inhaled beta agonists as needed for asthma?What are the effects of additional prophylactic treatments in patients with childhood asthma that is inadequately...

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1201/p1901.html

Asthma Update: Part I. Diagnosis, Monitoring, and Prevention of Disease Progression - ...

Sep 1, 2004 - Despite increased scientific knowledge about asthma and improved therapeutic options, the disease continues to cause significant morbidity and mortality. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel has updated its clinical guidelines on asthma medications, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0901/p893.html

Asthma Update: Part II. Medical Management - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2004 - The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program recently updated its guidelines for the management of asthma. An evidence-based approach was used to examine several key issues regarding appropriate medical therapy for patients with asthma. The updated guidelines have clarified ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0915/p1061.html

Beta2 Agonists in the Treatment of Asthma - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2006 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jul 15, 2006 Issue Editorials Beta2 Agonists in the Treatment of Asthma BARBARA YAWN, M.D., M.SC., Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester, Minnesota Am Fam Physician. 2006 Jul 15;74(2):232. The alert by the U.S. Food and Drug...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0715/p232.html

Childhood Asthma: Treatment Update - American Family Physician

May 15, 2005 - The prevalence of childhood asthma has risen significantly over the past four decades. A family history of atopic disease is associated with an increased likelihood of developing asthma, and environmental triggers such as tobacco smoke significantly increase the severity of daily asthma...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0515/p1959.html

Chronic Cough After Acute Viral Bronchiolitis: Suggestions from the ACCP - Practice ...

May 15, 2019 - To address the high prevalence of bronchiolitis, the effects of chronic cough on patients' quality of life, and adverse effects from inappropriate use of medications, an expert panel from the American College of Chest Physicians performed systematic reviews to develop several ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0515/p654.html

Cochrane for Clinicians - Jun 1, 2006 - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2006 - An antidepressant such as imipramine (Tofranil) or sertraline (Zoloft), possibly with the addition of an antipsychotic, is the preferred initial pharmacologic treatment for psychotic depression.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0601/p1935.html

Cochrane for Clinicians - Jun 1, 2006 - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2006 - For adult patients who are taking a minimum maintenance dosage of inhaled corticosteroid for asthma, adding a long-acting beta2 agonist permits reduction of the dosage of inhaled corticosteroid by 253 mcg beclomethasone equivalent per day without worsening the patient's symptoms. In ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0601/p1935a.html

Combination LABA Inhalers Compared with High-Dose Inhaled Steroids for Adults with ...

Mar 1, 2018 - We designated the use of long-acting beta agonist inhalers for adults with asthma as having no benefits because of a small potential benefit of questionable clinical utility (avoiding a brief burst of oral steroids) and the possibility of a fatal harm. Find out more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/od1.html

Combined Inhaled Short-Acting Beta2 Agonist and Anticholinergic Agents for Asthma - ...

Jun 1, 2018 - Although the quality of evidence included in this review was low to moderate, the potential benefits of decreased hospitalization and relapse rates and the comparatively mild and limited adverse events suggest that patients presenting with acute asthma exacerbations are likely to ...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0601/od1.html

Common Occupational Disorders: Asthma, COPD, Dermatitis, and Musculoskeletal Disorders ...

Jun 15, 2016 - An occupational illness is an event or exposure that occurs in the workplace that causes or contributes to a condition or worsens a preexisting condition. If an occupational disorder is suspected, a directed history should be taken with particular attention to establishing a temporal ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0615/p1000.html

Culture-Specific Asthma Education Programs for Minority Groups - Cochrane for ...

Nov 1, 2018 - In children from minority groups, culture-specific asthma education programs (CAEPs) reduce the number of severe asthma exacerbations requiring hospitalization and improve asthma control as measured by the Childhood Asthma Control Test but not the Asthma Control Questionnaire. CAEPs ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1101/p572.html

Developing and Communicating a Long-Term Treatment Plan for Asthma - American Family ...

Apr 15, 2000 - The treatment of asthma, according to current guidelines, requires complex treatment regimens that change as clinical conditions improve or deteriorate. We have developed a practical way to communicate long-term treatment plans in chart form in the primary care setting that is easy for ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0415/p2419.html

Do Children with Acute Asthma Benefit More from Anticholinergics and Beta2 Agonists ...

Aug 1, 2002 - Children with moderate to severe asthma exacerbations experience improved respiratory function and are less likely to require hospital admission when treated with multiple doses of beta2 agonists combined with anticholinergics. The same benefit has not been proved in children with mild ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0801/p417.html

Effects of Yoga in Patients with Asthma - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family ...

Aug 1, 2017 - Regular yoga improves quality of life as measured on the Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (mean difference = 0.57 units on a seven-point scale; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.37 to 0.77); improves asthma symptoms (standardized mean difference = 0.37; 95% CI, 0.09 to 0.65); and ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/p159.html

Evaluation of the Patient with Chronic Cough - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2011 - Initial evaluation of the patient with chronic cough (i.e., of more than eight weeks’ duration) should include a focused history and physical examination, and in most patients, chest radiography. Patients who are taking an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor should switch to a ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1015/p887.html

Evaluation of the Patient with Chronic Cough - American Family Physician

May 1, 2004 - Patients with chronic cough should avoid exposure to irritants that can trigger cough, and those who smoke should stop smoking. Patients who develop chronic cough in association with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor therapy should be switched to an agent from another drug class. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0501/p2159.html

Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2011 - Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction describes the narrowing of the airway that occurs with exercise. More than 10 percent of the general population and up to 90 percent of persons previously diagnosed with asthma have exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. Common symptoms include ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0815/p427.html

Improving Adherence to Asthma Therapy: What Physicians Can Do - Editorials - American ...

Apr 15, 2000 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Apr 15, 2000 Issue Editorials Improving Adherence to Asthma Therapy: What Physicians Can Do STUART W. STOLOFF, M.D., University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, Nevada Am Fam Physician. 2000 Apr 15;61(8):2328-2330. Related Article...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0415/p2328.html

Inhaled Fluticasone-Salmeterol Better Than Fluticasone Alone for Moderate to Severe ...

Sep 1, 2016 - The combination of fluticasone and salmeterol (Advair), with the steroid dose adjusted for disease severity, reduces the number of severe asthma exacerbations more than fluticasone (Flovent) alone (number needed to treat [NNT] = 50 over 26 weeks), with no difference in terms of ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/p387.html

Inhaled Steroid Use and Asthma Control in Patients with Mild Persistent Asthma - AFP ...

Jul 1, 2008 - Can patients with mild persistent asthma safely decrease or eliminate inhaled steroids? The results of these studies may not be generalizable to the average primary care patient. Patients should be appropriately classified and treated using 2007 National Asthma Education and Prevention ...

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0701/p21.html

Intermittent Inhaled Corticosteroid Therapy for Mild Persistent Asthma in Children and ...

Jul 1, 2016 - Intermittent inhaled corticosteroid therapy reduces the risk of asthma exacerbations in children and adults with mild persistent asthma. Intermittent use appears to be safe in these patients.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0701/p21.html

Intravenous Magnesium Sulfate for Acute Asthma Exacerbations - FPIN's Clinical ...

Jan 15, 2019 - Patients presenting to the emergency department with an acute asthma exacerbation that has not responded to first-line therapy (bronchodilators and corticosteroids) can be treated effectively with intravenous magnesium sulfate.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0115/p127.html

LABA Plus Inhaled Corticosteroid Reduces Exacerbations, But Not Hospitalizations - ...

Jan 1, 2019 - Adding a LABA to an inhaled corticosteroid is safe but does not reduce the likelihood of a serious exacerbation requiring hospitalization. There is a small reduction in nonsevere asthma exacerbations, with one fewer exacerbation for every 53 patients treated for six months.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0101/p53.html

Leukotriene Inhibitors in the Treatment of Allergy and Asthma - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2007 - Leukotriene inhibitors are the first new class of medications for the treatment of persistent asthma that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in more than two decades. They also have been approved for the treatment of allergic rhinitis. Prescriptions of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0101/p65.html

Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists in the Treatment of Acute Asthma - Medicine by the ...

Apr 1, 2016 - Studies show there were no patient-important benefits and no hospital admissions were prevented. Want to know more?

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0401/p552.html

Levalbuterol Tartrate (Xopenex HFA) for the Treatment of Bronchospasm - STEPS - ...

Jan 15, 2007 - Levalbuterol tartrate appears to be no more effective and offers no improvement in the side-effect profile compared with albuterol. The higher cost may make it appropriate for only a limited group of patients.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0115/p247.html

Long-Acting Muscarinic Antagonists plus Inhaled Steroids is Equal to Long-Acting ...

Oct 15, 2018 - Long-acting muscarinic antagonists added to inhaled corticosteroids are a superior treatment to placebo for improving asthma control in adults and children 12 years or older. Long-acting muscarinic antagonist add-on therapy is not superior to long-acting beta agonist (LABA) add-on therapy.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1015/od2.html

Management of Acute Asthma Exacerbations - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2011 - Asthma exacerbations can be classified as mild, moderate, severe, or life threatening. Criteria for exacerbation severity are based on symptoms and physical examination parameters, as well as lung function and oxygen saturation. In patients with a peak expiratory flow of 50 to 79 ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0701/p40.html

Management of Asthma in Children - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2001 - The prevalence of asthma in children has increased 160 percent since 1980, and the disease currently affects nearly 5 million children in the United States. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program provides guidelines for improved asthma care. The goals of this program are ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0401/p1341.html

Medical Therapy for Asthma: Updates from the NAEPP Guidelines - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2010 - Proper care of patients with asthma involves the triad of systematic chronic care plans, self-management support, and appropriate medical therapy. Controller medications (inhaled corticosteroids, long-acting beta2 agonists, and leukot- riene receptor antagonists) are the foundation of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1115/p1242.html

Medications for Chronic Asthma - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2016 - Chronic asthma is a major health concern for children and adults worldwide. The goal of treatment is to prevent symptoms by reducing airway inflammation and hyperreactivity. Step-up therapy for symptom control involves initiation with low-dose treatment and increasing intensity at ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0915/p454.html

Mite-Impermeable Covers Decrease Hospital Visits in Kids with Asthma - POEMs - American...

Nov 15, 2017 - In children with house dust mite allergies and asthma, the use of mite-impermeable bedding decreases the frequency of asthma exacerbations.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1115/od4.html

More Evidence Against Antibiotics for Acute Asthma Exacerbations - POEMs - American ...

Aug 1, 2019 - Antibiotics do not benefit patients hospitalized with an asthma exacerbation. Evidence from this study suggests worse outcomes with antibiotic use, including a longer hospital stay, higher costs, and greater risk of diarrhea.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p185.html

NAEPP Updates Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma - Practice ...

Jul 1, 2003 - The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) has published an update of their guidelines on diagnosing and managing asthma. The report identifies a set of 10 clinical activities for reducing symptoms and preventing exacerbations in patients with asthma.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0701/p169.html

Omalizumab (Xolair) for Treatment of Asthma - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2005 - Omalizumab is an immunomodulatory therapy for the control of symptoms in patients with moderate to severe allergic asthma uncontrolled with conventional therapy. Given its high cost, the requirement that it be administered in a physician’s office, and side effects, it is appropriate for...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0115/p341.html

One-Third of Adults with Diagnosed Asthma Can Be Weaned Off All Asthma Medications - ...

May 1, 2017 - This study found that current asthma was ruled out after repeated testing in one-third of adults with physician-diagnosed asthma. Patients ruled out for current asthma were less likely to be using asthma medications or daily controlling medications and less likely to have undergone ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0501/p586.html

Overview of Changes to Asthma Guidelines: Diagnosis and Screening - American Family ...

May 1, 2009 - The Expert Panel Report 3 of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program represents a major advance in the approach to asthma care by emphasizing the monitoring of clinically relevant aspects of care and the importance of planned primary care, and by providing patients ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0501/p761.html

Physical Training for Patients with Asthma - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family ...

Mar 1, 2013 - Physical training lasting for at least 20 to 30 minutes, two to three times a week for at least six weeks, improves physical fitness in patients with asthma. Physical training is not associated with worsening of asthma symptoms, and it improves health-related quality of life.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0301/p313.html

PPIs, Childhood Asthma, and the Problem of Therapeutic Creep - AFP Journal Club - ...

Mar 15, 2014 - The use of a therapy in patients one would intuitively think might benefit, but in whom no benefit has been documented, is called therapeutic creep. The use of proton pump inhibitors for poorly controlled asthma is an example of this phenomenon.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0315/p476.html

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