Severe Asthma and the Primary Care Provider: Identifying Patients and Coordinating Multidisciplinary Care

This CME-accredited Through Your Patient’s EyesTM program is intended for primary care providers and other clinicians who manage patients with asthma. This educational activity has been designed to highlight issues faced by people living with asthma, including patients’ perspectives on the burdens of severe disease, difficulties related to suboptimal health literacy, and potential hurdles that can arise in busy healthcare practices. Specialist and primary care faculty discuss practical advice on overcoming these challenges, how to best coordinate multidisciplinary care, and actionable recommendations on identifying, comprehensively assessing, and longitudinally managing patients with severe asthma. As a result, clinician learners will be better prepared to engage and educate their patients with severe asthma, while improving long-term outcomes through personalized evidence-based care.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of primary care providers (PCPs), including physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs), involved in the management of patients with severe asthma.


Educational Objectives 

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be better able to do the following:

  1. Identify patients with severe asthma based on an understanding of epidemiologic data and ongoing evaluations of symptoms, potential disease phenotypes, and treatment history
  2. Discuss the mechanisms of action and clinical profiles of cytokine-targeting biologic medications in the treatment of severe asthma
  3. Coordinate with specialists to personalize therapy for patients with severe asthma based on ongoing symptoms, exacerbation risks, and treatment responses
  4. Communicate with patients with severe asthma and their caregivers about treatment options, asthma action plans, and adherence



Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc
Professor, Department of Medicine
Co-Director, The Cohen Family Asthma Institute
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Director, Asthma Program
National Jewish Health
Denver, Colorado

Barbara P. Yawn, MD, MSc, FAAFP
Adjunct Professor, Department of Family and Community Health
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

It is the policy of the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education that all faculty, instructors, and planners disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. 

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Name of Faculty or Presenter

Relationship Identified With:

Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc

Consultant/Advisor: AstraZeneca; Boston Scientific Corporation; Genentech, Inc; GlaxoSmithKline plc; Novartis AG; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC; Sentien Biotechnologies, Inc.; Vectura Group plc

Barbara P. Yawn, MD, MSc, FAAFP

Consultant/Advisor:  AstraZeneca; GlaxoSmithKline plc

Employment Affiliation:  Editor-in-Chief, Respiratory Medicine Case Reports

Non-faculty: Rose O’Connor, PhD; Jim Kappler, PhD; Sandy Breslow; Alison Kemp; and Bernard M. Abrams, MD, hereby state that neither they nor their spouses/life partners have any financial relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

Peer Review

This CME activity has been peer-reviewed by The American Journal of Medicine

Financial Support

This activity has been supported by an independent educational grant from AstraZeneca.

Provider Information

Jointly provided by the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and Integritas Communications. 



CME Credit (Physicians)

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education and Integritas Communications. The Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AANP Credit (Nurses)

This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education (which includes 0.5 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 17062704. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies.

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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use: This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Integritas Communications, and AstraZeneca do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

Disclaimer: Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AANP
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Non-physician
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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AANP
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Non-physician
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