Asthma Care and Management

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

This course is offered at Level 3 (Degree) and Masters level and is delivered at our Glenside Campus.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to asthma:
    • Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
    • Pathophysiology of asthma
    • Epidemiology and disease progression.
  • Diagnosing and monitoring:
    • *Introduction to Spirometry, lung function testing and peak flow assessment*
    • *Physical examination and history taking (recognising a respiratory distressed patient)*
    • Multi-professional roles in assessment; diagnosis and monitoring in children and adults.
  • Non-pharmacological and pharmacological management:
    • Non-pharmacological treatment for asthma in children and adults
    • Pharmacological treatment for asthma in children and adults
    • Critiquing papers.
  • Assessment and Management of Acute Asthma:
    • Lessons from asthma deaths and near-fatal asthma
    • Treatment of acute asthma in children and adults
    • Further investigation and monitoring
    • Hospital discharge and follow up
    • Effectiveness of treatment/intervention.
  • Self-management:
    • Self-management; personalised care planning for children and adults
    • Integrated care pathways.

* The introduction to spirometry and physical examination and history taking sessions are brief overviews of these processes. They do not provide accredited skills or assure competency in practice on completion of this module. If you would like to do an accredited course regarding spirometry, please consider following courses through the Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology. For the physical examination and history taking, UWE Bristol runs a Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning module.


Study time includes 48 contact hours complemented by self-directed learning and online learning resources.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts. Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding. Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

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