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Asthma Management in Primary & Secondary Care - HEA00112H

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Janice Quarton
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

The prevalence of asthma in England is among the highest in the world (Department of Health 2011). Asthma UK (2014) estimates that the direct healthcare cost of this condition is in the region of one billion pounds. Deaths from asthma have declined over the last decade but around one thousand people still die from asthma in England and Wales each year. Improving the health and well-being of people in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma requires that healthcare professionals have the knowledge, confidence and support to manage asthma effectively.

The Quality standard for asthma (NICE 2013) states that "all healthcare professionals involved in diagnosing and managing asthma in adults, young people and children should have sufficient and appropriate training and competencies to deliver the actions and interventions described in the quality standard".

The module is aimed at nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals who work in primary and secondary care to provide appropriate and effective treatment and support for patients of any age with asthma that enables them to effectively manage their condition.

The content of the module reflects the priorities for care identified in the British Thoracic Society/Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (BTS/SIGN) 2016 guideline on the management of asthma.

Module learning outcomes

The student will be able to:

  1. Explain the pathophysiological changes that occur in the respiratory system in asthma.
  2. Assess and diagnose asthma using structured history taking and consultation skills utilising a consultation model for example the Calgary-Cambridge consultation model utilising the asthma the asthma diagnostic algorithm.
  3. Discuss the use of evidence based pharmacological and therapeutic interventions in the management of stable asthma.
  4. Analyse the concepts of concordance and adherence and their application to asthma management.
  5. Apply BTS/SIGN 2016 structured guidance to pharmacological treatment and management including choice of inhaler device and optimising inhaler usage.
  6. Utilise a patient centred approach to asthma management and consider the wellbeing of carers and families.
  7. Evaluate the contributions of the MDT in the treatment and management of all stages of asthma.
  8. Recognise the signs and symptoms of an exacerbation and analyse appropriate interventions based on current clinical evidence.
  9. Discuss the importance of patient self-management in achieving asthma control and preventing exacerbations.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
0.83 hours 0

Special assessment rules

Pass/fail & not anonymous


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
0.83 hours 0

Module feedback

  • For the essay, written feedback is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescales specified in the programme handbook.
  • For the viva, written feedback is provided on a proforma developed specifically for the viva within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Asthma UK (2015). [Online]. Available at[Accessed December 2016].
  • British Thoracic Society and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2016). British guideline on the management of asthma (Quick reference guide). [Online]. Available at [Accessed December 2016].
  • British Thoracic Society and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2016). British guideline on the management of asthma 153. [Online]. Available at:[Accessed December 2016].
  • Department of Health (2011). An outcomes strategy for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma in England. London: Crown.
  • Kaufman, G. (2011). Asthma: pathophysiology, diagnosis and management. Nursing Standard, 26(5), 48-56.
  • NICE (2013). Quality standard for asthma 25. [Online]. Available at: /qualitystandard-for-asthma-qs25 [Accessed March 2013]
  • Rees, J., Kanabar, D. and Pattani, S. (Eds.). (2010). ABC of asthma. 6th edn. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

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