The management of asthma in the phenotype and biomarker era: The proposal of a new diagnostic-therapeutic model

Francesco Blasi, Germano Bettoncelli, Giorgio Walter Canonica, Stefano Centanni, Nunzio Crimi, Giuseppe DiMaria, Stefano Gasparini, Gilberto Gentili, Giuseppe Girbino, Carlo Mereu, Paola Minghetti, Stefano Nardini, Pierluigi Paggiaro, Alberto Papi, Massimo Pistolesi, Andrea Rossi

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Abstract

Treatment goals in asthma patients are the achievement of a good control of symptoms and the reduction of the risk of exacerbation. However, a “one-size-fits-all” therapeutic strategy is no longer appropriate to effectively pursue these goals, due to the heterogeneity of asthma. To make the treatment scenario even more complex, asthma patients often present comorbidities that may alter response to therapy. In addition, adherence to asthma treatment is poor. Given this complex and heterogeneous picture, the management of asthma is highly challenging. A clear diagnostic-therapeutic model of patients' care and the definition of the specific responsibilities of different healthcare providers appear necessary to improve clinical outcomes and better allocate healthcare resources. We present here a proposal for this model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-667
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Asthma
Volume53
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Asthma
  • clinical decision
  • diagnosis
  • management
  • model
  • phenotype
  • therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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