Desktop Helper No. 2 - Difficult to manage asthma

This 2-page Desktop Helper provides a systematic, practical approach to support primary care and other community healthcare professionals to improve the care of people over the age of 18 years with difficult to manage asthma.


  • How to investigate and improve asthma control in a patient with difficult to manage asthma
  • How to review a patient with difficult to manage asthma using SIMPLES: Smoking - Inhaler technique - Monitoring - Pharmacotherapy - Lifestyle - Education - Social support

Clinical co-chairs of project: Stephen Holgate and Dermot Ryan

Clinical authors of desktop helper: Armando Brito de Sá, Pascal Chanez, Javiera Corbalan, Jaime Correia de Sousa, Breda Flood (EFA), Liam Heaney, Michael Hyland, Jan Lottval (EAACI), Bjorn Stallberg, Scott Wagers, Osman Yusuf

*SIMPLES acronym: Anna Murphy

Writer and editor: Susan Mayor

Funding: The meeting to develop this Desktop Helper, the writing and independent review process were made possible by a restricted educational grant from Novartis

Date published: April 2012