AFP Asthma E-Book

American Family Physician's Topics in Primary Care: Asthma

American Family Physician's Topics in Primary Care: Asthma features the best content from American Family Physician (AFP), as identified by the AFP editors, on asthma and related issues, including allergens, beta agonists, chronic cough, exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, inhalers, and wheezing. This anthology of articles is the most up-to-date at the time of publication.

Table of Contents:

Screening and Diagnosis

  • A Stepwise Approach to the Interpretation of Pulmonary Function Tests
  • Evaluation of the Patient with Chronic Cough
  • Overview of Changes to Asthma Guidelines: Diagnosis and Screening 
  • The Diagnosis of Wheezing in Children


  • Outdoor Air Pollutants and Patient Health
  • The Role of Allergens in Asthma


  • PPIs, Childhood Asthma, and the Problem of Therapeutic Creep [AFP Journal Club]
  • Physical Training for Patients with Asthma [Cochrane for Clinicians]
  • Management of Acute Asthma Exacerbations
  • Medical Therapy for Asthma: Updates from the NAEPP Guidelines
  • Childhood Asthma: Treatment Update
  • Are Metered Dose Inhalers with Holding Chambers Better Than Nebulizers for Treating Acute Asthma? [Cochrane for Clinicians]
  • Inhaled Steroid Use and Asthma Control in Patients with Mild Persistent Asthma [AFP Journal Club]
  • Addition of Long-Acting Beta Agonists for Asthma in Children [Cochrane for Clinicians]
  • Long-Acting Beta2 Agonists as Steroid-Sparing Agents [Cochrane for Clinicians]
  • Do Children with Acute Asthma Benefit More from Anticholinergics and Beta2 Agonists Than from Beta2 Agonists Alone? [Cochrane for Clinicians]
  • Should Salmeterol Be Used for Long-Term Asthma Control? [Cochrane for Clinicians]
  • Levalbuterol Tartrate (Xopenex HFA) for the Treatment of Bronchospasm [STEPS]
  • Leukotriene Inhibitors in the Treatment of Allergy and Asthma
  • Omalizumab (Xolair) for Treatment of Asthma [STEPS]
  • Developing and Communicating a Long-Term Treatment Plan for Asthma

Complications and Special Situations

  • Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction: Diagnosis and Management
  • Vocal Cord Dysfunction
  • The 'Crashing Asthmatic'

From Family Practice Management

  • Tools and Strategies for Improving Asthma Management
  • Asthma Days: An Approach to Planned Asthma Care

Patient Education, Self Care

  • Exercise-Induced Wheezing
  • How to Treat an Asthma Attack
  • Chronic Cough