NICE, British Thoracic Society (BTS) and Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN) to produce joint guideline on chronic asthma as part of broader 'asthma pathway'

NICE, BTS and SIGN have today (Wednesday 24 July) announced that future UK-wide guidance for the diagnosis and management of chronic asthma in adults, young people and children will be produced jointly by the three organisations.

The Guideline will:

  • support health professionals in making accurate diagnoses and providing effective treatments to control the condition and prevent acute asthma attacks
  • promote good practice and include recommendations in areas where differences in guidance had previously existed between the organisations

The document will form part of a broader set of guidance and materials, produced by BTS, SIGN and NICE, on diagnosing and managing asthma throughout an individual’s lifetime – a new ‘asthma pathway’.

Representatives of each organisation will work closely together over the coming months to develop a detailed scope, workplan and timeline for the new venture.

An ‘update session’ detailing early progress on the proposed guideline and pathway is scheduled to take place at the British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting in London (4 – 6th December 2019)  

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