Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis and Management of Paediatric Asthma

Audience

This module is suitable for healthcare professionals who are looking to enhance their knowledge and skills in asthma utilising the most up to date evidence-based guidance. Delivered through a combination of interactive e-learning, videos, case studies and a live webinar session.

Learning objectives

To be able to:

  • Understand the epidemiology and impact of childhood asthma

  • Apply the latest asthma guidance

  • Understand the diagnostic criteria to reach a robust diagnosis

  • Identify the goals of asthma treatment and the challenges

  • Understand the treatment options for children 

  • Tailor inhaler device to the child and teach inhaler technique effectively

  • Recognise children with sub-optimal asthma control at risk of exacerbation and hospital admission and how to address this, knowing when to refer

  • Provide an effective review with supported self-management recognising the challenges in this age group

Unit 1

Asthma Diagnosis

2 hours

Part 1 E-learning

  • Setting the scene: asthma in children

  • Structure and function of a normal respiratory system

  • Asthma on the inside: the pathophysiological changes that occur in asthma

  • Asthma on the outside: clinical signs and symptoms

  • Taking a history: what makes asthma more likely

  • Objective tests in children

  • What about the under 5's?

  • Wheeze in early childhood: episodic viral wheeze and multiple trigger wheeze

  • Assessing the probability of asthma

  • Making a diagnosis in line with current guidance

Part 2 Live webinar

  • Case study based discussion to consolidate learning

  • Q&A

Part 3 Post module self-assessment

  • Quiz

Unit 2

Asthma Management: treatment

2 hours

Part 1 E-learning

  • The aim of asthma management

  • The pharmacology of asthma: 

    • Inhaled Corticosteroids

    • Inhaled Bronchodilators

    • Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists

  • Current guidance on the management of asthma in children

  • Assessment and management of acute asthma

Part 2 Live webinar

  • Case study based discussion to consolidate learning

  • Q&A

Part 3 Post module self-assessment

  • Quiz

Unit 3

An effective asthma review

2 hours

Part 1 E-learning

The purpose of an annual review and managing challenges in asthma management:​

  • Symptom assessment & lung function

  • Challenges in the paediatric & adolescent age group

  • Inhaler technique and tailoring the device to the child/adolescent

  • Overcoming non adherence

  • Recognising and addressing short acting beta₂ agonist (SABA) overuse

  • Identifying co-morbidities that can negatively impact asthma

  • Reducing hospital admissions: providing supported self-management

Part 2 Live webinar

  • Case study based discussion to consolidate learning

  • Q&A

Part 3 Post module self-assessment

  • Quiz