A mobile friendly asthma slide rule has been added to the Asthma Right Care website.
The asthma slide rule has been designed to help prescribers initiate discussions with their peers and people with asthma about over reliance on short-acting beta agonists (SABAs).
The prescriber could for example use the asthma slide rule to ask colleagues: Using this slide rule, how much SABA would you think was acceptable for a person with asthma to take in a year, week or day, before a review is necessary?
Or they could use it to ask a person with asthma: In the past 4 weeks how often have you used your reliever/blue inhaler each day? The next question might be: How much SABA do you think you could be using over a set time?
PCRS is working with colleagues from the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) to promote the Asthma Right Care initiative which is using social movement approaches to stimulate change.
Darush Attar-Zadeh, pharmacist and PCRS Executive Committee member, says: “The aim of AsthmaRightCare is to do the right things, for the right person at the right time and in the right place. Clinicians are in a unique position to spot when AsthmaRightCare can turn into AsthmaWrongCare and this thought-provoking resource will assist us with communicating these messages to patients and colleagues.”