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Ann Thorac Med. 2012 Oct-Dec; 7(4): 175–204.
PMCID: PMC3506098
The Saudi initiative for asthma – 2012 update: Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma in adults and children
Mohamed S. Al-Moamary, Sami A. Alhaider,1 Mohamed S. Al-Hajjaj,2 Mohammed O. Al-Ghobain, Majdy M. Idrees,3 Mohammed O. Zeitouni,4 Adel S. Al-Harbi,5 Maha M. Al Dabbagh,6 Hussain Al-Matar,7 and Hassan S. Alorainy8
Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1Department of Pediatrics, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2Respiratory Division, Department of Medicine, Medical College, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3Pulmonary Division, Department of Medicine, Military Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4Department of Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5Department of Pediatrics, Military Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
6Department of Pediatrics, King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
7Department of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Al Faisal, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
8Department of Respiratory Care, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Address for correspondence: Dr. Mohamed S. Al-Moamary, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. E-mail: almoamary/at/yahoo.com
Received September 19, 2012; Accepted September 19, 2012.
Abstract
This an updated guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma, developed by the Saudi Initiative for Asthma (SINA) group, a subsidiary of the Saudi Thoracic Society. The main objective of SINA is to have updated guidelines, which are simple to understand and easy to use by non-asthma specialists, including primary care and general practice physicians. This new version includes updates of acute and chronic asthma management, with more emphasis on the use of Asthma Control Test in the management of asthma, and a new section on “difficult-to-treat asthma.” Further, the section on asthma in children was re-written to cover different aspects in this age group. The SINA panel is a group of Saudi experts with well-respected academic backgrounds and experience in the field of asthma. The guidelines are formatted based on the available evidence, local literature, and the current situation in Saudi Arabia. There was an emphasis on patient–doctor partnership in the management that also includes a self-management plan. The approach adopted by the SINA group is mainly based on disease control as it is the ultimate goal of treatment.
Keywords: Asthma, asthma control test, guidelines, Saudi Arabia
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