Asthma Course
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Asthma Course

17.5 CEUs

Program Number: 1091-2015-1573-B-P

Accreditation date: 2015-09-10
Accreditation expires: 2018-09-10

Online Asthma Course

Accreditation pending


As with other chronic diseases, good health outcomes in asthma depend on adherence to evidence-based management guidelines. Knowledge translation of these guidelines is a critical component to the implementation of the guidelines by health care providers. RESPTREC® is recognized as a valuable knowledge translation resource of respiratory guidelines for health care professionals working in the area of asthma.

An accurate disease diagnosis, optimal medical management, engaging individuals and their families in self-management skills and regular medical follow-up are all critical components to relieving the effects and the burden of this chronic disease. The RESPTREC® Asthma Course curriculum includes a comprehensive review of all areas of asthma care.

Note: Participants are required to complete the Education, Asthma and COPD courses in order to be eligible to write the Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) examination.

Curriculum includes:

  • Asthma Physiology, Signs and Symptoms, Epidemiology
  • Asthma Risk Factors and Triggers
  • Asthma Diagnosis
  • Asthma Control
  • Asthma Management
  • Asthma Exacerbations
  • Follow-up Management

CHAPTER: Pathophysiology, Signs and Symptoms, and Epidemiology

  1. Define asthma
  2. Define work-related asthma
  3. Explain the epidemiology of asthma in terms of:
    1. Prevalence
    2. Morbidity
    3. Mortality
    4. Economic costs
    5. Impact on quality of life

CHAPTER: Risk Factors and Triggers

  1. Explain the risk factors for the development of asthma in each of the following periods:
    1. Prenatal
    2. Infancy
    3. Preschool
    4. School age
    5. Adulthood
  2. Explain the pathophysiology of asthma
  3. Explain the relevance of asthma triggers
    1. Differentiate between inflammatory and non-inflammatory triggers, and give examples
    2. Give examples of work-related triggers
  4. Describe the relationship of asthma to: rhinitis; sinusitis; gastroesophageal reflux disorder; and obesity
  5. Identify the common signs and symptoms of asthma
  6. Discuss the effect of the menstrual cycle on asthma

CHAPTER: Asthma Diagnosis

  1. Demonstrate how to take an accurate and effective patient history
  2. Describe the importance of the physical findings (from a physical examination) for a person with asthma
  3. Explain the criteria used for diagnosing asthma in pre-school children
  4. Explain lung function tests that may be used to confirm a diagnosis of asthma in children 6 years of age and over and in adults
  5. Define spirometry
  6. Describe spirometry in terms of role of spirometric assessment including:
    1. Indications for confirming a diagnosis of asthma
    2. Interpretation
    3. Quality control
  7. Define peak expiratory flow
  8. Describe peak expiratory flow in terms of indications for confirming a diagnosis of asthma
  9. Describe bronchoprovocation challenge test in terms of:
    1. What it is
    2. Indications for confirming a diagnosis of asthma
  10. Describe how work-related asthma is diagnosed
  11. Describe other diagnoses that may be considered for:
    1. Young children
    2. Adults
  12. Describe the clinical differences between asthma and COPD
  13. Describe other tests that may be used to adjunct the diagnosis of asthma

CHAPTER: Asthma Control

  1. Explain asthma control in terms of:
    1. The goals of asthma management
    2. The best results possible
  2. Explain the criteria that determine asthma control
  3. Provide instructions on using a peak flow meter properly
  4. Correctly interpret peak flow measurements in relation to control of asthma
  5. Explain loss of control of asthma
  6. Explain the goal of patient monitoring
  7. Explain the role of the patient diary in monitoring control of asthma
  8. Explain the components of a patient diary form in relation to determining whether control is adequate

CHAPTER: Asthma Management

  1. Explain the asthma management continuum in relation to:
    1. Children 5 years of age and younger
    2. Children 6 years of age and older and adults
  2. Explain severity in relation to asthma control
  3. Explain the three main strategies used to manage asthma
  4. Explain the importance of environmental therapy in relation to:
    1. Long-term asthma management
    2. Tobacco smoke
    3. Work-related asthma
  5. Explain the importance of pharmacotherapy in relation to asthma control.
    1. Identify:
      1. Type of medication
      2. Function of medication
      3. Generic and brand names
      4. The side effects
    2. Identify the delivery device and number of doses per device for each of the following medications:
      1. Inhaled fast-acting beta-agonists
      2. Inhaled glucocorticosteroids
      3. Inhaled combination glucocorticosteroids/long-acting beta-agonists
      4. Leukotriene receptor antagonists
      5. Anti-IgE agent
      6. Oral glucocorticosteroids
      7. Oral methylxanthines
  6. Explain asthma management in terms of preschool children
  7. Explain the asthma management continuum in relation to children 6 years of age & older & adults
  8. Explain the management of difficult-to-treat or severe asthma
  9. Explain the effect of:
    1. Pregnancy on asthma
    2. Asthma on pregnancy
  10. Define exercise-induced bronchospasm
  11. Explain how exercise-induced bronchospasm is managed
  12. Describe management of work-related asthma
  13. Explain the indications for use of epinephrine in the treatment of asthma
  14. Explain which delivery devices are better suited to patients of different ages and varying needs
  15. Demonstrate for each of the following devices:
    1. Proper technique for; and
    2. Proper maintenance of:
      1. Metered-dose inhaler
      2. Metered-dose inhaler with spacer (mouthpiece and mask)
      3. Turbuhaler®
      4. Diskus®
      5. Nebulizer.
  16. Explain immunotherapy in relation to:
    1. Its definition
    2. Its role in asthma control

CHAPTER: Asthma Exacerbations

  1. Define:
    1. Asthma worsenings
    2. Acute exacerbation of asthma
  2. Explain how to treat acute asthma in emergency care
  3. Explain the components of a discharge plan following hospitalization due to an asthma exacerbation
  4. Explain the action plan in terms of asthma control
  5. Explain the action plan in terms of:
    1. Its components
    2. How to adjust medications when asthma is uncontrolled

CHAPTER: Follow-up Management

  1. Explain:
    1. What is meant by follow-up
    2. The goal of follow-up
  2. Describe the areas to assess during a follow-up visit
  3. Demonstrate how to conduct an effective follow-up visit.
  4. Identify the circumstances that warrant a referral to:
    1. A pediatric asthma specialist
    2. An asthma specialist (adult)
    3. A certified asthma educator
    4. An appropriate health care professional

Registrants must meet the following entrance criteria:

  • hold a degree/diploma in a recognized health care profession
  • scope of practice to include counselling clients
  • must verify current license to practice (and registration number, if applicable)
  • indicate your expectations of the course and how you anticipate using the new skills and knowledge

If there is a question regarding met criteria, acceptance to the program will be made on an individual basis and at the discretion of the RESPTREC® Management committee.

The original content for the RESPTREC® Asthma Course was developed in 1999 and has been continually updated to reflect the most recent evidence for optimal asthma care.

A wide range of representatives from health disciplines and endorsing agencies were involved in curriculum development including: the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS - COPD Clinical Assembly and authors of guidelines and publications), Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals (CRHP), Family Physician's Airways Group of Canada (FPAGC), The Lung Association, clinicians, researchers, certified respiratory educators, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, nursing and physical therapy.

Asthma Course Expert Committee

  • Allan Becker MD FRCPC
  • Bernie Bolley BScN RN CRE (CRHP)
  • Don Cockcroft MD FRCP(C) (CTS)
  • Cathy Gillespie RN MN CAE
  • Brian Graham PhD
  • Jan Neumann BPT CRE
  • Alan Kaplan MD CCFP(EM) (Chair FPAGC)
  • Diane Lougheed MD MSc FRCP(C) (CTS Past Chair Asthma Committee)
  • Dilshad Moosa BSc RRT CRE
  • Kristine Petrasko BScPharm CRE
  • Donna Rennie PhD (Epidemiology) RN CAE (CRHP)
  • Judy Riedel RN CRE (CRHP)
  • Sheldon Spier MD FRCP(C) (CTS Pediatric Asthma Assembly)

We would like to acknowledge the work of:

  • Lori Kleiboer (Professional Education Associate)
  • Janet Sutherland (Executive Director, Canadian Thoracic Society)

The hours invested in completing this course can be included in your continuing professional education learning portfolio.

Accredited Study Credits

The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy

CCCEP Number: 1091-2015-1573-B-P
Title: Asthma Management Course
Number of CEUs: 17.5
Date Accredited: 2015-09-10
Accreditation Expiry Date: 2018-09-10

RESPTREC® is in the process of pursing CCCEP accreditation for the only-only version of the Asthma course. Upon approval, pharmacists who have successfully completed the only-only Asthma course will be issued their notice of earned CEUs.

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