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These resources are linked to the IPCRG difficult to manage asthma desktop helper and are listed in the order of its recommendations.
Click here to download the desktop helpers. 

General overview of SIMPLES

Before the review

Checklists for patients to use to get the most out of an asthma check-up:


During the review


IPCRG opinion on smoking cessation:

Helping patients quit smoking: Desktop Helper No. 4 - 2nd Edition

Inhaler technique  Online training for the 10 commonly prescribed inhalers - MDI (all techniques), Diskus, Autohaler, Flexhaler, Handihaler, Accuhaler, Twisthaler, Aerolizer, Neohaler and Respimat (note it's a US site so some of the devices have different names elsewhere).  Four options:

1) Lean Quick- Short you tube videos that explain about correct use of inhaler device

2) Learn and Practice - Learn mode provides step by step instructions and Practice mode allows patients to practice using webcam with the onscreen instructor

3) Learn in Depth- This is a complete inhaler training with Quiz

4) Educational Animated videos explaining about basics about Asthma and Inhalers for kids and teens.

5) Free Apps available "How to Use Inhalers" and 'Assist Me with Inhalers" Download from the App Store

Monitoring asthma control

IPCRG guide to asthma control tools

Asthma Control Questionnaire

Asthma Control TestTM

ALMA tool - Kiotseridis H, Bjermer L, Pilman E, Stallberg B, Romberg K, Tunsäter A. ALMA, a new tool for the management of asthma patients in clinical practice: development, validation and initial clinical findings. (2012) Prim Care Respir J 21 (2), pp. 139-144. DOI:

CARAT - Control of Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma Test

Pharmacotherapy and adherence

GINA asthma guideline 

IPCRG guidelines: management of asthma

Medication Adherence Report Scale (MARS)


European Federation of Allergy and Airway Diseases Patients Association (please note, this is not visible to UK IP addresses)

The Symptomatic Asthma Learning Zone on is an educational resource for European healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with asthma, developed by EPG Health Media (Europe) Ltd for and supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim, who were given the opportunity to review the content for medical accuracy. SPIRIVA® Respimat® is approved for use in asthma in the European Union, Japan, USA and many other countries (Boehringer Ingelheim, 2015). The indication varies by country and this educational resource may contain information about medications for which indications may not be approved in your country. provides healthcare professionals worldwide with free access to a wide range of disease and medicine information. To comply with industry guidelines, certain content is password protected. If you are a healthcare professional and would like access the content, you are invited to register on Registration is quick and free.


Confirming a diagnosis of asthma

IPCRG opinion on spirometry:

Diagnosing allergic rhinitis

CARAT - Control of Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma Test

Ryan D, Van Wheel C, Bousquet J et al. Primary care: the cornerstone of diagnosis of allergic rhinitis. Allergy 2008; 63: 981-989

Diagnosing COPD

IPCRG desktop helper: Early diagnosis of COPD does help

IPCRG desktop helper 5 Predicting diagnosis in primary care patients suspected of obstructive respiratory disease


Psychological factors


Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale

Beck Depression Inventory

The management of patients with physical and psychological problems in primary care: a practical guide. Report of a joint working group of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2009. 

Additional factors

Asthma and women

IPRCG desktop helper:

Referring patients

Czech guidelines on difficult-to-manage asthma