Patient education about severe asthma, by all health professionals caring for them, should commence when severe asthma is confirmed and should be part of every review. The goal is to provide people with severe asthma with the skills to work in partnership with the rest of their healthcare team to optimise their symptoms. Some key components of education include inhaler technique and adherence.
In the initial individualised education session, assessment should be focused on the patient’s current asthma knowledge, psycho-social supports and stresses, personality and motivation. This assessment needs to be adapted to the person’s level of health literacy. Health care interpreters may be used if required. Education is carried out in collaboration with (or by) the patient’s treating physician, as during education, new issues may emerge that require discussion about treatment choices.