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Referral Criteria for Asthma: Consensus Document

Blanco Aparicio M1, Delgado Romero J2, Molina París J3, Tomás Gómez J4, Gómez Ruiz F5, Álvarez Gutiérrez FJ1, Domínguez Ortega J2, Núñez Palomo S3, Hidalgo Requena A4, Vargas Ortega DA5, Álvarez Puebla MJ2, Carretero Gracia JA1

1Sociedad Española de Neumología y Cirugía Torácica (SEPAR)
2Sociedad Española de Alergología e Inmunología Clínica (SEAIC)
3Sociedad Española de Medicina Familiar y Comunitaria (semFYC)
4Sociedad Española de Médicos de Atención Primaria (SEMERGEN)
5Sociedad Española de Médicos Generales y de Familia (SEMG)

J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol 2019; Vol 29(6) : 422-430
doi: 10.18176/jiaci.0393

Asthma is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in Spain. Current treatments ensure that the disease is controlled in most cases. However, disease is often uncontrolled in daily clinical practice, mainly owing to underdiagnosis, loss to follow-up, and poor adherence to therapy. In order to improve this situation, we must coordinate all those health professionals who intervene in patient care. Therefore, the Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (SEAIC), the Spanish Society of Primary Care Physicians (SEMERGEN), the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (semFYC), the Spanish Society of General and Family Physicians (SEMG), and the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR) have drawn up a consensus document in which they establish criteria for referral and guidelines for the diagnosis, control, and follow-up of patients with asthma. The document aims to facilitate continuing and improved care in this area.

Key words: Asthma, Referral, Specialized care, Primary care, Follow-up, Continuing care