BTS/SIGN British guideline on the management of asthma
Representatives from BTS, SIGN and NICE met in April 2018 to discuss the development of future asthma Guidelines. All three organisations have agreed to work together to develop a proposal for a single co-badged Guideline. Further details about the likely timeframe for the publication of any joint document will be available in due course as plans develop.
NICE Guidelines for Asthma: diagnosis, monitoring and chronic asthma management have been published.
BTS has produced a clinical response to the NICE Guidelines - available here. We hope this will be helpful to people with asthma, their carers and healthcare professionals.
BTS/SIGN asthma guideline 2019
BTS and SIGN are now working on the next update of the BTS/SIGN British guideline on the management of asthma. The draft udpdated guideline will be presented at the 2018 BTS Winter Meeting and the final guideline is due for publication in mid-2019.
2016 BTS/SIGN Guideline for the management of asthma
The 2016 edition of the Guideline includes a complete revision of the section on diagnosis, a major update to the section on pharmacological management of asthma, and updates to the sections on supported self management, non-pharmacological management of asthma, acute asthma, difficult asthma, occupational asthma, and organisation and delivery of care.
The revised version includes changes to the following:
- Tables 9 & 10:Categorisation of inhaled corticosteroids by dose – important changes to titles, footnotes and some product information
- Figure 1:Diagnostic algorithm – correction
- Figure 2:Summary of management in adults – minor changes
- Figure 3:Summary of management in children – minor changes
- Various sections – minor corrections and revisions to text
- Annexes 2-7 – minor corrections
- Annex 8:Management of acute asthma in infants aged <2 years in hospital – addition to advice on immediate management
Quick Reference Guide
The QRG has been updated in line with changes to the full guideline. Changes include important revisions to the tables on doses of inhaled corticosteroids, and changes to the Figures summarising management in adults and children
Declarations of Interest
Information on Declarations of Interest for the Asthma Guideline Group members are available here.
BTS has published an Asthma Care Bundle comprising 5 evidence-based interventions which when performed reliably should improve outcomes for patients admitted with acute exacerbations. See the Related Links for further details.
BTS has run a national adult asthma audit since 2008 and a sixth round of data collection took take place in autumn 2016. Reports from previous audits identifying areas for improvement are available via the Related Links.
|BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline 2016||2016-09 September September 2016||
The BTS/SIGN Guideline for the management of asthma was published on 21 September 2016.
|BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline Quick Reference Guide 2016||2016-09 September September 2016||Valid|
|BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline 2008||2008-05 May May 2008||
BTS/SIGN Guideline for the Management of Asthma, 2008
|BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline 2009||2009-06 June June 2009||BTS/SIGN Guideline for the Management of Asthma, 2009 revision||Superceded|
|BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline 2011||2011-09 September September 2011||BTS/SIGN Guideline for the Management of Asthma, 2011 revision||Superceded|
|BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline 2012||2012-01 January January 2012||
BTS/SIGN Guideline for the Management of Asthma, 2012 revision
|BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline 2014||2014-10 October October 2014||
BTS/SIGN British Guideline on the Management of Asthma, October 2014
|BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline Quick Reference Guide 2014||2014-10 October October 2014||Superceded|