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A roadmap for improved care

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:

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A timely, straightforward referral when severe asthma cannot be managed in primary care

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Care that reduces the impact of severe asthma on daily life and improves overall quality of care

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A timely, formal diagnosis of severe asthma by an expert team

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Not to be reliant on oral corticosteroids

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Support to understand the type of severe asthma

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Access consistent quality care, regardless of where a patient lives or chooses to access it

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GLOBAL ‘QUALITY STANDARDS’ TO INFORM NATIONAL CARE REVIEW AND REFORM

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.