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Management of asthma in people aged over 65 years may pose a number of challenges:

  • increasing prevalence of co-morbidities (including psychosocial problems) can make diagnosis difficult and confound optimal management
  • problems with dexterity and cognition can lead to poor compliance and inhaler technique. 

Watch this short animation, which is presented by Dr Kevin Gruffydd-Jones (GP with a special interest in respiratory conditions, Box, Wiltshire) to learn about:

  • assessment of current control of asthma
  • patient education including use of an asthma action plan
  • pharmacological therapy
  • review.

The animation is based on a Guidelines management algorithm Management of asthma in adults over 65 years of age,1 which was developed by an expert panel of primary and secondary healthcare professionals. The algorithm has been developed by MGP Ltd, the publisher of Guidelines, and the working party was convened by them. Final editorial decisions rested with the Chair. Teva UK Limited had the opportunity to comment on the technical accuracy of this guideline but the content is independent of and not influenced by Teva UK Limited.


  1. Gruffydd-Jones K, McArthur R, Murphy A et al. Management of asthma in adults over 65 years of age. Guidelines Volume 61, December 2016. Available at: asthma-in-adults-over-65-years-of-age/252880.article


Date of preparation: January 2018