Thomas Stibolt, MD

Winter 2007 - Volume 11 Number 1


More than 20 million Americans--young and old alike--have asthma,1 a condition that is both common and expensive: Direct medical costs for asthma treatment exceed $9.4 billion.1 Despite availability of effective therapy for controlling asthma, its incidence is increasing;1 nonetheless, asthma continues to be underdiagnosed and undertreated. Appropriate management of asthma requires:

  • correct diagnosis;
  • assessment of severity and control
  • proper management, including appropriate medication, patient education, and a written action plan
  • ongoing monitoring by the patient
  • appropriate follow-up; and
  • specialty referral where appropriate.2-4

This article is an overview of the recently revised physician guidelines for asthma care.

etoc emailClick here to join the eTOC list or text TPJ to 22828. You will receive an Email notice with the Table of Contents of each issue.

The Permanente Journal advances knowledge in scientific research, clinical medicine and innovative health care delivery. It is a peer-reviewed journal of medical science, social science in medicine, and medical humanities.

The Permanente Press

The Permanente Press publishes The Permanente Journal and books related to health care. For information about subscriptions, missing issues, billing, subscription renewal, and back issues, Email:


27,000 print readers per quarter, 15,350 eTOC readers, and in 2018, 2 million page views of TPJ articles in PubMed from a broad international readership.


The Kaiser Permanente National CME Program designates this journal-based CME activity for 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ISSN 1552-5767 Copyright © 2019

All Rights Reserved.