Treatment strategies for asthma: Reshaping the concept of asthma management

Alberto Papi, Francesco Blasi, Giorgio Walter Canonica, Luca Morandi, Luca Richeldi, Andrea Rossi

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Asthma is a common chronic disease characterized by episodic or persistent respiratory symptoms and airflow limitation. Asthma treatment is based on a stepwise and control-based approach that involves an iterative cycle of assessment, adjustment of the treatment and review of the response aimed to minimize symptom burden and risk of exacerbations. Anti-inflammatory treatment is the mainstay of asthma management. In this review we will discuss the rationale and barriers to the treatment of asthma that may result in poor outcomes. The benefits of currently available treatments and the possible strategies to overcome the barriers that limit the achievement of asthma control in real-life conditions and how these led to the GINA 2019 guidelines for asthma treatment and prevention will also be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number75
JournalAllergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2020


  • Anti-inflammatory treatment
  • Asthma
  • Disease control
  • Patient outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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