Asthma self-management support for people with severe asthma comprises two main components:
- Educating and ‘working with’ your patient to help them build their skills, knowledge, strategies and behaviours. This is an approach that helps people to ‘live well’ with severe asthma. As a result of significant daily disease burden and complex management approaches, people with severe asthma often require support for their self-management strategies.
- Enabling healthcare provider sources of support to the patient. People with limited family or social support, may be unaware of or unable to access additional external support. Patients often express concern for the burden they place on their support network. It is important to also consider the support provided to carers.