For patients and families, the stepwise approach assists to gain better control of asthma symptoms with the end goal of reducing morbidity, improving quality of life, increasing productivity, and improving outcomes (Rance, 2011). The control of asthma symptoms should be a priority in the treatment plan. The stepwise approach can assist healthcare providers in providing faster resolution to patient symptoms. Summary Asthma is classified as a chronic incurable disease of the airways that affects millions of people a lot of these are children. The stepwise approach can reduce patient impairment and risk of severe exacerbations and progressions of asthma attacks. Treatment plans for asthma must involve the patient and their family in agreement to follow the plan. Non-pharmacological
ASTHMA AND STEPWISE MANAGEMENT 6 treatment and managing asthma symptoms is a crucial step in the therapeutic process (Arcangelo et al., 2017). Prevention by teaching families of the triggers of asthma attacks is key in reducing the risk factors and will ultimately provide a better outcome.
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