BTS/SIGN British guideline on the management of asthma

BTS met NICE in January 2017 for a useful exchange of views  about the publication of the NICE Asthma Diagnosis and Management Guidelines due later this year.    BTS and SIGN will issue a further statement when the NICE guidance is published later this month, setting out the way forward which we hope will be of benefit to people with asthma, their carers and healthcare professionals.  

BTS/SIGN asthma guideline 2019

The BTS/SIGN British Guideline British guideline on the management of asthma is now being updated  applications are invited for new members to join the Guideline Development Group.   Further details are available here.

October 2017

 

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.

Full guideline

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

November 2016

Quality Improvement:

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. 

Declarations of Interest: 

Information on Declarations of Interest for the Asthma Guideline Group members are available here.  

April 2017

Current Guidelines

Title Publication Date Description Status
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.

Valid
BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline Quick Reference Guide 2016 2016-09 September September 2016 Valid

Previous Guidelines

Title Publication Date Description Status
BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline 2008 2008-05 May May 2008

BTS/SIGN Guideline for the Management of Asthma, 2008

Superceded
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

Superceded
BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline 2014 2014-10 October October 2014

BTS/SIGN British Guideline on the Management of Asthma, October 2014

Superceded
BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline Quick Reference Guide 2014 2014-10 October October 2014 Superceded