Severe or poorly controlled asthma?


ASTHMA requiring both a high-dose inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) and a long-acting beta2- agonist (LABA) regularly to achieve good control in adults and adolescents is classified as severe. 1 Only about 5% of adults or adolescents have severe asthma,2 which can only be assessed retrospectively.

The latest Australian Asthma Handbook no longer recommends the pattern of asthma (e.g. intermittent, mild persistent, moderate persistent, severe persistent) be assessed in newly diagnosed asthma, as this no longer guides initial