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Evidence to Improve Care

Asthma in Adults

Care in the Community for People 16 Years of Age and Older


This quality standard addresses the diagnosis and management of asthma in adults 16 years of age and older, with a focus on primary care and community-based settings. It addresses referral to specialized asthma care for adults who meet criteria for severe asthma, but it does not address the management of severe asthma in specialized care, acute asthma exacerbations, or care provided during emergency department visits or hospitalizations.

A separate quality standard addresses Asthma: Care in the Community for People Under 16 Years of Age.

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