Asthma Action Plans
The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) in the National Institutes for Health created the Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3) in 2007 and provided updates on select topics in 2020. The full report and a companion summary report are available here and the updates can be found here.
Central to these national clinical guidelines is the recommendation that clinicians develop a written asthma action plan in partnership with patient/family. After agreeing on treatment goals, the clinician should:
- Teach patients how to use the asthma action plan to:
- Take daily actions to control asthma,
- Adjust medications in response to worsening asthma, and
- Seek medical care as appropriate.
- Encourage adherence to the asthma action plan.
- Choose a treatment that achieves outcomes and addresses preferences important to the patient/family.
- Review at each visit any success in achieving control, any concerns about treatment, any difficulties following the plan, and any possible actions to improve adherence.
- Provide encouragement and praise, which builds patient confidence. Encourage family involvement to provide support.
RAMP, along with our clinical partners, developed asthma action plans, aligned with clinical guidelines, which are available at no-cost and in four languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
Electronic, Fill-able PDF Versions of Asthma Action Plans: