The Management of Asthma

Program Details

  • Intended Audience:  Pharmacists interested in Herbal and Dietary
  • Universal Activity Number: 0012-0000-22-0XX-H99-P
  • Contact Hours: 3.0 Consultant Recertification/General
  • Program Fees: $50.00
  • Dates Available: 0X/XX/2022-X/XX/2025
  • Activity Type: Knowledge


Pharmacists play a crucial role in educating the healthcare team and patients to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes for asthma. During this educational activity, the learner will learn to recognize, treat, and control this chronic condition using patient-centered care.  The learner will have an overview of asthma and will be familiar with patient assessment, the appropriate treatments and correct use of inhalers and devices used in asthma.

This course is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy for 3 consultant recertification hours.


At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Know the epidemiology of asthma for the United States.
  • Explain the pathophysiology of asthma and the factors that contribute to acute and chronic asthma.
  • Explain the terms used to characterize asthma (severity, control, impairment, risk) and the use of an Asthma Action Plan.
  • Identify how specific conditions may mimic asthma or contribute to the control of asthma.
  • Differentiate between asthma and COPD.
  • Emphasize and interpret the results of appropriate objective measures used to assess asthma control.
  • Use clinical practice guidelines to establish goals of therapy, gaps in care, and appropriateness of pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions.
  • Assess patient-specific information to create an individualized care plan including appropriateness, efficacy, and safety for drug therapy and lifestyle modifications.
  • Develop appropriate follow-up and monitoring strategies to evaluate patient response to drug therapy.
  • Analyze updated CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices vaccine recommendations for immunization schedules for patients with asthma.
  • Describe the steps for appropriate use for each of the available inhaler devices.
  • Examine a patient’s use of an inhaler and identify inhalation technique errors.
  • Select an optimal inhaler device based on patient specific characteristics.
  • Describe the steps for appropriate use of spacers and explain the maintenance of a spacer.
  • Describe the appropriate use of nebulizers and explain the maintenance of a nebulizer.
  • Describe the steps for using a peak flow meter and explain how to use the results in an asthma action plan.

Disclosure Statement

The following speakers, reviewers, and planning committee members have disclosed that he/she has no relevant financial disclosures. No one else in a position to control content has any financial relationships to disclose.

Tracy E Leonard
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Tracy E Leonard R.Ph., BCPP, BCACP, CDCES, CPh

Clinical Lecturer

Schedule of Activities and Requirements for Successful Course Completion

Review the course material, receive a 70% or higher on the post-test, and submit a course evaluation.

Additional Resources

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