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Table 2 The eight key messages delivered to general practitioners

From: Educational outreach to general practitioners reduces children's asthma symptoms: a cluster randomised controlled trial

Rely on a history of recurrent chestiness as a diagnostic indicator
Preferentially prescribe inhaler over oral therapy
Prescribe using a treatment algorithm based on asthma severity
Appropriately prescribe inhaled anti-inflammatory therapy
Demonstrate and encourage patients to use home-made spacers
Prescribe short-course oral steroids for exacerbations of asthma
Recall patients for regular follow-up care
Encourage parents to avoid smoking near asthmatic children