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Improving the management of asthma in older adults

Carnegie, Elaine; Jones, Angela


Angela Jones


Older people with asthma are a discrete patient group that requires specialist nursing skills and knowledge. They have specific and sometimes hidden needs that will affect their quality of life unless these are addressed by caring and competent nurses who have an interest in asthma. It is necessary to focus on both asthma and ageing to help older people achieve good asthma outcomes. This article discusses the complex physical, social and psychological issues affecting people with asthma aged 64 or older, age-related risk factors for poor control, age-related barriers to assessment and treatment, the scope of pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches, and principal treatment outcomes. Providing high quality services and information will equip older people to manage their asthma more effectively, attain physical and mental wellbeing, and lead to fewer hospitalisations and fatal episodes in this group


Carnegie, E., & Jones, A. (2013). Improving the management of asthma in older adults. Nursing Standard, 28(13), 50-58.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 6, 2013
Publication Date Nov 27, 2013
Deposit Date Sep 14, 2016
Journal Nursing Standard
Print ISSN 0029-6570
Electronic ISSN 2047-9018
Publisher RCN Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 13
Pages 50-58
Keywords ageing, asthma, asthma exacerbations, older people, self-management
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