P&T Digest: Asthma

Michael A. Kaliner, MD, Chief Medical Editor

Asthma is one of the most common illnesses in the United States and a major driver of health care utilization costs. It also can be a challenge to manage. Disease severity, as defined by guidelines, does not necessarily correlate with patients’ self-reported symptoms, meaning that vigilance is imperative to reducing poor outcomes.

This peer-reviewed digest of current and evolving guidelines for treatment, existing and emerging therapeutic approaches to treatment of depression, and strategies for managing patients and their conditions, is a valuable tool for physicians and other clinicians, managed care clinical executives, and P&T committee members. Its chapters discuss asthma as a disease syndrome, unmet medical needs, its burdens on society, and what can be done to alleviate those burdens.

Highlights:

  • Controlling Asthma: A Persistent Liability
  • Prevalence and Economic Implications
  • Addressing Unmet Needs in Asthma Care
  • Treatment Guidelines: Current Recommendations, Future Goals
  • Drug Treatment for Long-Term Control of Asthma
  • New Developments in Asthma Therapy
  • Adherence With Asthma Therapy
  • Disease Management Considerations in Asthma
  • HEDIS Requirements and Considerations With Asthma

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