Recommendation ID
NICE encourages further research into bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma. Research outcomes should include objective measurements of lung function, symptom control, medication requirements and quality of life. Long-term safety and efficacy outcomes are particularly important. Collaboration between units to publish data on patients not involved in research studies would also be valuable.
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Evidence on the efficacy of bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma shows some improvement in symptoms and quality of life, and reduced exacerbations and admission to hospital. Evidence on safety is adequate in the short and medium term. More evidence is required on the safety of the procedure in the long term. Therefore, this procedure should only be used with special arrangements for clinical governance, consent and audit or research.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma
Date issued
January 2012

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No