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Part 1 - How the acronym SIMPLE can help you remember the stages of an asthma review

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Deirdre Siddaway, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, sharing advice and guidance on assessing patients with asthma. Part 1 of 6.

Acronym: SIMPLE

S - Stop smoking

I - Inhaler technique

M - Monitoring

P - Pharmacotherapy

L - Lifestyle

E - Education



Find out more:

App: Asthma Made Simple (ACT Asthma Control Test)

British Lung Foundation -



Colquhoun A (2012) SIMPLE project which revolutionised patients’ asthma control scoops award. Pharmaceutical Journal; 289: 11

East Midlands NHS Improvement Network (2011) SIMPLE approach to Asthma Management.

Ryan D et al (2013) ‘SIMPLES’: a structured primary care approach to adults with difficult asthma. Primary Care Respiratory Journal; 22, 3

Pearson MG, Bucknall CE, eds. (1999) Royal College of Physicians (RCP) 3 questions. Measuring clinical outcome in asthma: a patient-focused approach. London: Royal College of Physicians



Next week:

Part 2: Assessing control

Out Tuesday 27 January 2014

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