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Reflect on the challenges of making a differential diagnosis in asthma. This module draws on the clinical expertise of practicing primary care practitioners. In this case study, Mei has been suffering with a chronic cough for the past 13 weeks. Complete this module to:


  • Clearly understand the definition of asthma as outlined in the GINA strategy
  • Reflect on the challenges of making a differential diagnosis of asthma
  • Understand the importance of detailed evidence-gathering in making a differential diagnosis of asthma
  • Review the processes and procedures involved in asthma diagnosis and explore how to communicate a diagnosis of asthma in clinical practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of diagnostic tests available for asthma
  • Demonstrate awareness of current guideline recommendations for asthma diagnosis
  • Understand the processes to be followed during the diagnostic work-up
  • Acknowledge that making a diagnosis of asthma may take several patient consultations
  • Be confident in communicating a diagnosis of asthma to your patient


This module is part of the case-study series outlined below.


Module 1:

Asthma symptoms and diagnosis

Case study 1 – David

Case study 2 – John

Case study 3 – Mei


Module 2:

Asthma treatment and management

Case study 1 - Elliot

Case study 2 – Sarah

Case study 3 – George


Module 3:

Asthma personalised long-term management

Case study 1 – Lorraine

Case study 2 – Bob 

Case study 3 – Peter


Module Duration
25 mins
Created Date
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Boehringer Ingelheim
Content Type

The educational materials included here are endorsed by the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) The IPCRG provided an expert faculty, who contributed the case studies, and an international reviewing team, who reviewed the educational materials and recommended that the IPCRG endorse them. The IPCRG wishes to thank its expert faculty for their input and the reviewing team for their constructive and detailed feedback. These materials are advisory and intended for general use. They should not be regarded as applicable to a specific case.

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