Piecing Together the Clues: Diagnosing Asthma in Adults and Older Children
Accurate diagnosis is the fundamental principle underlying effective management of any condition. Without a correct diagnosis it is not possible to recommend appropriate treatments, provide relevant educational information or to establish effective collaborative partnerships between health professionals and patients. In this article, we provide a ‘how to’ guide to diagnosing asthma. Like a detective, you have to piece together the clues – including history, lung function and response to treatment – to solve the diagnosis.