People with severe asthma require access to specialist care but, all too often cannot routinely access it
The severe asthma community have developed six guiding principles to support people with asthma to receive the care they deserve:
A timely, straightforward referral when severe asthma cannot be managed in primary care
Care that reduces the impact of severe asthma on daily life and improves overall quality of care
A timely, formal diagnosis of severe asthma by an expert team
Not to be reliant on oral corticosteroids
Support to understand the type of severe asthma
Access consistent quality care, regardless of where a patient lives or chooses to access it
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To make these principles a reality in countries around the world, the Global Quality Standard for Identification and Management of Severe Asthma provides the first comprehensive blueprint of the changes healthcare systems around the world must undertake
As the world adjusts to a new paradigm, and with the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic still unclear, there has perhaps never been a more important time to ensure that people living with severe asthma receive the best care possible in order to keep them well and out of hospital, where possible. To do this will take the combined action of policy makers, clinical leaders, clinicians, patient advocates and industry.