Welcome to this module on Managing Asthma in Primary Care. The purpose of the module is to support General Practitioners in diagnosis and management of Asthma in line with current guidelines for best practice. Access to the module is restricted to qualified General Practitioners and the website requires registration and an enrolment key which is provided by the ICGP. For non ICGP members please visit the Asthma Society of Ireland website link http://www.asthma.ie/

Module Overview

External CPD Credits: 3
GMS Study Leave: 1/2 day
No. of Lessons: 7 
MCQ Assessment
Certificate of Completion


This eLearning module is divided into 4 key lessons (Lessons 1-4). Each lesson comprises a video presentation conveying the core material. Most presentations are under 10 minutes long to facilitate opportunistic learning. Supplementary lessons, where non-core material is presented, and relevant printable and downloadable material are also included.
A further 3 Additional Lessons (Lessons 5-7) are also included. These include a selection of Q&As, 4 clinical cases and a lesson on spirometry (which is a core lesson in the Managing COPD in Primary Care module).
The production of this module was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Novartis Ireland Limited.


        The seven lessons include:
        • Lesson 1: Introduction & Diagnosis 
          This lesson highlights some epidemiological data on the prevalence of Asthma and outlines the recommended approach to diagnosis. 
        • Lesson 2: Assessment and Non-Pharmacological Management of Asthma 
          This lesson highlights the importance of self-management and explores non-therapeutic management options. 
        • Lesson 3: Pharmacological Management of Asthma 
          This lesson summarises the current GINA guidelines on the use pharmacotherapy in the management of Asthma.
        • Lesson 4: On-going Monitoring and Scheduled Reviews 
          This lesson highlights some important factors to consider in on-going monitoring of asthma patients 
        • Lesson 5: Questions & Answers 
          This lesson presents 10 common questions regarding asthma management in primary care 
        • Lesson 6: Case Scenarios 
          This lesson presents 4 case histories which includs a brief discussion of each case 
        • Lesson 7: Spirometry 
          This lesson presents a brief outline of the procedure and interpretation of spirometry (Lesson also included in COPD module) 

The Medical Council has defined eight domains of good professional practice. These domains describe a framework of competencies applicable to all doctors across the continuum of professional development from formal medical education and training through to maintenance of professional competence. Since they describe the outcomes which doctors should strive to achieve, doctors should refer to these domains throughout the process of maintaining competence. In order to assist you in planning your professional competence, ICGP eLearning highlight the domains addressed in each module as set out below. 
NOTE: While a number of ICGP modules have a tight focus on one or two domains, most modules endeavour to address all domains to some degree (low, medium, high). This is clearly displayed in the diagram below

The following links are provided to support this eLearning course and to provide you with information for patients. Many are also available within the associated lesson. (Please Note: These are third party links).

Asthma Society of Ireland
The Asthma Society of Ireland has a clearly defined role in providing support services for people living with asthma. With over 470,000 people living with asthma in this country alone, we actively engage with the general public, healthcare professionals, the government, third party organisations and other stakeholders to keep asthma high on the agenda.
In 2007, the Asthma Society of Ireland agreed their five year strategy statement to span the years 2008 - 2011. During the process, six action areas which will help to achieve our overall goals of optimal asthma control in Ireland were identified as follows:
The Asthma Society of Ireland has already made significant progress in implementing this strategy. However, we look forward to the continuing evolution towards our mission to reach optimal asthma control in Ireland. Within the healthcare environment, the Asthma Society of Ireland is encouraged by the fundamental purpose of the Health Service Executive - "to enable people to live healthier and more fulfilled lives." As the HSE Transformation Programme (2007 - 2010) gathers momentum there are clear opportunities for delivery of world class asthma care through the programmes prioritising primary, community & continuing care and prevention & management of chronic disease. Implementation of international best practice models of asthma management will significantly improve the quality of life of asthma patients. For the HSE, who must operate with limited resources, these models demonstrate value for money. The functions of the Asthma Society of Ireland falls under four strategic pillars:
  • Education
  • Research
  • Patient Services
  • Effecting Change
Last modified: Friday, 27 November 2015, 12:42 PM