Department of Health – Abu Dhabi introduces guideline for primary asthma diagnosis and management

ABU DHABI, 8th July, 2018 (WAM) — Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, DoH, the regulator of the healthcare sector in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, has rolled out guidelines for healthcare providers, outlining primary diagnosis, management, and treatment of paediatric and adult asthma.

The guideline aims to further improve the diagnosis and treatment of asthma patients, contribute to the prevention of premature deaths, and reduce the number of emergency department visits by delivering high-quality care services at primary healthcare facilities. The launch of the guideline will better leverage resources to treat and control the illness, further enhancing patient and caregiver outreach through personalised treatment courses.

Commenting on the guidelines, Dr. Omniyat Al Hajri, Director of Public Health at the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, said, “We worked alongside a number of UAE-based pulmonologist consultants to develop this guideline, to outline the highest standards and best practice in the primary diagnosis of asthma, and its treatment among children and adults. With this guideline, we are excited to see healthcare providers deliver patients with the quality consultation, treatment and aftercare they deserve to help them better control their asthma.”

To support the guideline launch, DoH organised a CME training workshop for healthcare providers, in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Police. Sixty-seven practitioners, representing twenty-nine public and private health facilities, were brought together to discuss the latest practices in asthma diagnosis and treatment, and become better acquainted with the guideline.

The guideline was developed in accordance with the standards of the Global Initiative for Asthma, National Asthma Education and Prevention Programme and the Canadian Thoracic Society. It has been closely aligned with Abu Dhabi’s healthcare system, local culture and social sensitivities.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs that causes periodic episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, tightness in the chest and coughing. Although asthma cannot be cured, the severity and frequency of acute attacks can be greatly reduced by taking prescribed medications and adopting habits to avoid triggering the symptoms. While most often diagnosed during childhood, asthma can affect people of all ages.

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