Severe Asthma Virtual Practice: Clinical Phenotypes and the Emerging Age of Personalized Therapy

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Overview / Abstract:

Up to 10% of asthma patients have severe, treatment-resistant disease that is associated with a greater incidence of emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and other high-risk outcomes. Often, these patients are only responsive to corticosteroid treatment when it is given at very high doses, which over time can lead to type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, dyspeptic disorders, and cataracts. The FDA’s approval of several new tailored biologic therapies offers promise to a subset of patients with severe asthma, though identifying the asthma phenotypes (ie, eosinophilic and noneosinophilic) for which these new agents are most appropriate remains a key factor of their successful use.

In this Virtual Practice, you will confront a variety of clinical severe asthma scenarios similar to those you are likely to encounter in practice.

Clinical Callout presents patient vignettes that end at a critical clinical decision point: you assess the symptoms, risk factors, and medical histories and choose the most appropriate next step from several possible clinical strategies. But be careful: only one option reflects current best practice! Answers are discussed and supported with information from the current evidence base.

In the Exam Rooms you will serve as a consultant, observing as the Virtual Practice doctor meets with patients with severe asthma and providing your clinical judgment on the best strategies for ensuring a successful outcome.

Also featured in the Virtual Practice is the Resource Library, which houses downloadable content such as practice tools, resources discussed in the Clinical Callout and Exam Rooms, and patient-directed educational resources.


Aug 31, 2018


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Physician CME, Physician Assistant CME



Credits / Hours

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and RedMedEd. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team. Physicians Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses, Physician Assistants Advanced practice nurses, nurses, and physician assistants may participate in this educational activity and earn a letter of attendance as AANP, ANCC, and AAPA accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ through their reciprocity agreements.



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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Bradley E. Chipps, MD—Program Chair
Medical Director
Capital Allergy & Respiratory Disease Center
Sacramento, California

Stephen P. Peters, MD, PhD
Thomas H. Davis Chair in Pulmonary Medicine
Chief, Section on Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy & Immunologic Diseases
Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Translational Science
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Executive Director, Respiratory Service Line, Wake Forest Baptist Health
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Allergies / Allergic Reactions, Asthma, Education / Teaching, Family Medicine, Immunology / Immunosuppression, Internal Medicine, Primary Care, Pulmonary Medicine / COPD

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

Support for this activity has been provided through an educational grant from AstraZeneca.

Keywords / Search Terms

RedMedEd asthma, virtual practice, severe asthma, asthma treatment, guidelines, severe asthma treatment, assessment, patient management, Free CE, CME, Free CME, RedMedEd, RME, exam room, biologic therapies, asthma phenotypes, clinical severe asthma, evidence base Free CE CME Live CE CME

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