Asthma Management: The Essentials

Tags: Online learning, Medication therapy management, Chronic conditions

Asthma affects a significant proportion of Ontarians, placing a tremendous burden on both the patients suffering from it and the health care system. Effective asthma management can prevent exacerbations of the disease and more severe negative health consequences. Pharmacists are ideally positioned to help patients manage their asthma and improve their quality of life. The Asthma Management: The Essentials online program provides comprehensive education on asthma patient care.

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Program Outline

I. Online Learning Modules

  • Asthma Guidelines: The Basics - Definition, Pathophysiology, and Immunologic Response
  • Asthma Guidelines: Control – Objective and Subjective Measurement
  • Asthma Guidelines: Peak Flow Measurement
  • Asthma Guidelines: Pharmacotherapy Options
  • Asthma Guidelines: The Asthma Action Plan
  • Asthma Management: New and Emerging Therapies
  • Asthma Management: Teaching Self-Management in 10 Minutes
  • Asthma Management: Counselling for Behavior Change for a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Asthma Management: Counselling for Adherence
  • Smoking Cessation

II. Online Assessment

  • Multiple choice assessment


Number of Continuing Education Units

Accreditation #

Accreditation Expiry Date 
February 23, 2020

Course Availability

You must complete the course one day before its expiry date (February 22, 2020); after this point, access will be removed.

Learning Format

  • Online, didactic learning modules (5.75 hrs)
  • Case study analysis and discussion

Learner Assessment
Multiple choice assessment

This program was developed in part to support the education needs of the OPA Evaluation of a Community Pharmacist Managed Asthma Consultation Service study, for which OPA has received an unrestricted grant from AstraZeneca Inc.

The program is funded through the Independent Medication Education Grant by GSK Canada.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to

Asthma Guidelines: The Basics - Definition, Pathophysiology and Immunologic Response

  • Define asthma.
  • Describe the pathophysiology and immunological responses of asthma.
  • Recognize asthma diagnostic criteria, including objective measurements (spirometry and peak flow monitoring).

Asthma Guidelines: Control – Objective and Subjective Measurement

  • Identify asthma control per the Canadian Thoracic Society’s (CTS) and Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guidelines.
  • Assess asthma control using subjective measurements.
  • Identify asthma control using objective measurements.

 Asthma Guidelines: Peak Flow Measurement

  • Perform peak flow measurement according to the American Thoracic Society’s (ATS) clinical Practice guidelines.
  • Instruct a patient in daily peak flow monitoring.
  • evaluate peak flow measurements for use in asthma management.

 Asthma Guidelines: Pharmacotherapy Options

  • Categorize medications as relievers or controllers.
  • Identify medications used in asthma management.
  • Recommend pharmacotherapy based on CTS guidelines and asthma control or severity.
  • Demonstrate correct device technique.

 Asthma Guidelines: The Asthma Action Plan

  • Identify the zones in an asthma action plan (AAP).
  • Recommend therapy for each zone for various age groups and asthma severity.

 Asthma Management: New and Emerging Therapies

  • Discuss potential new conventional therapies in the management of asthma including 24-hour bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids.
  • Discuss potential innovative therapies being investigated in the management of asthma (targeting prostaglandin, modulating cytokines, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy preparations).
  • Identify indications for bronchial thermoplasty.

Asthma Management: Teaching Self-Management in 10 Minutes

  • Identify key patient education techniques, such as therapeutic relationship, goal setting, information gathering, information sharing and evaluation.
  • Integrate the techniques into a participatory lesson on self-management.

 Asthma Management: Counselling for Behaviour Change for a Healthy Lifestyle

  • Identify the spirit of motivational interviewing (MI).
  • Recognize MI when demonstrated.
  • Practice the development of open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections and summaries (OARS).
  • Reflect on the use of MI during patient interactions in practice.
  • Develop a goal statement regarding the use of MI in practice.

Asthma Management: Counselling for Adherence

  • Assess the impact of adherence.
  • Identify the effects of poor adherence.
  • Identify methods to diagnose issues with adherence.
  • Identify factors that influence adherence.
  • Develop a goal statement regarding counselling for adherence in practice.

 Smoking Cessation

  • Assess tobacco use.
  • Recognize the effect of tobacco use on asthma.
  • Facilitate tobacco cessation with patients.

Program Completion

To receive a letter of completion for this program, participants must complete the following requirements until February 22, 2020: 

  • Complete the program’s online modules. Instructions will be emailed after registration.
  • Complete the multiple-choice exam, achieving a score of 70 per cent or higher within a maximum two attempts.
  • Complete a program evaluation.

Note: access to this program is provided until February 22, 2020.

 Prerequisites and Target Audience

Asthma Management: The Essentials was designed for pharmacists wantingto help patients better manage their asthma and improve their quality of life. This program has no no prerequisites.

Subject Matter Experts: 

  • Andrea White Markham, RRT, CRE, CTE
  • Lawrence Jackson, RPh, CTDP (BScPhm)
  • Robin Brown, RPh (BScPhm)


Last updated: February 13, 2019

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Cancellation policy: Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to no later than five days after access to the program has been emailed to you. A $30 (+HST) administration and processing fee will apply. Cancellations will not be permitted once log-in to access the program material has been initiated. Program registration fees will not be refunded after the cancellation deadline.

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Event Date: Recurring | City: Online | Venue: Online

Pricing and Registration
Member Rate
2019AsthmaMan   $150.00 Add to Cart 
Non-Member Rate
2019AsthmaMan   $300.00 Add to Cart 
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