Practice Parameters

Practice parameters, as developed by the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters, are documents that establish boundaries for appropriate patient care. They acknowledge the range or variations that currently take place in the allergy community regarding management of allergic conditions and use of procedures to diagnose and treat these conditions. They attempt to promote consistency in practice while allowing for variable approaches based on individual patient differences using evidence from the medical literature to achieve good clinical practice. 

To view the practice parameters, please visit the Asthma Practice Parameters page.


Curated Resources

Below is a list of selected resources for this topic area that the College has discovered and believes are relevant to our members. These resources are curated by the College but are not directly developed or administered by the College. For the learning activities developed by the college for this topic, please visit the Course Catalog.

Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD)

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Reading (Article, PDF, etc.)WAO20130.00$0.00 
A subpopulation of asthmatic patients reacts with acute dyspnea usually accompanied by nasal symptoms, rhinorrhea and/or nasal congestion within two hours after ingestion of aspirin or other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (1,2). These patients have the "aspirin triad," which consists of chronic rhinosinusitis, complicated by polyps, severe bronchial asthma, and intolerance to aspirin and other NSAIDs. The term Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD) has been accepted to describe this clinical entity and to replace previously used terms: Aspirin-Triad, Aspirin-Sensitive Asthma, Aspirin-Induced Asthma or Samter's Syndrome.

Clinical Cases: Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction

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E-LearningAAAAI20140.25$0.00Expires: 06/30/2014
This course consists of 4 case vignettes that require the appropriate diagnosis and/or management of patients exhibiting symptoms of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis in the Workplace

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Reading (Article, PDF, etc.)WAO20130.00$0.00 
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP), or extrinsic allergic alveolitis, is an allergic lung disease that occurs as the result of an immunologic inflammatory reaction to the inhalation of any of a variety of organic dusts or low molecular weight chemicals with or without systemic manifestations [1,2]. The disease is a diffuse, predominantly mononuclear inflammation of the lung parenchyma, particularly the terminal bronchioles, interstitium, and alveoli. The inflammation often organizes into granulomas and may progress to fibrosis. The report of the NHLBI/ORD workshop [3] stated that “hypersensitivity pneumonitis, also known as extrinsic allergic alveolitis, is a complex health syndrome of varying intensity, clinical presentation, and natural history. HP is the result of an immunologically induced inflammation of the lung parenchyma in response to inhalation exposure to a large variety of antigens”. The HP Study Group [4] defined HP as “a pulmonary disease with symptoms of dyspnea and cough resulting from the inhalation of an antigen to which the patient has been previously sensitized”. There is a wide variety of agents that can cause the disease, most of which are present in the workplace [3-5]. Thus, HP usually presents itself as an occupational respiratory disease.

Influenza and Asthma: A Review

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Reading (Article, PDF, etc.)WAO20150.00$0.00 
Viruses commonly cause a variety of different illnesses in humans, ranging from mild upper respiratory tract to life-threatening pulmonary infections. They are associated with significant morbidity and mortality with billions of dollars spent annually in both direct and indirect health care costs. Rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and influenza cause wheezing and in some cases lead to the development of asthma. Up to 80% of acute exacerbations of asthma are caused by viral respiratory tract infections, influenza being a particularly important cause. Patients with asthma are at higher risk of developing influenza and have more severe problems associated with this disease. The classification, pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of influenza and its role in asthma are reviewed in this article.

Severe Childhood Asthma Leads to Reduced Adult Lung Function

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Reading (Article, PDF, etc.)Medscape20140.25$0.00Valid for credit through 07/28/2015
The goal of this activity is to provide medical news to primary care clinicians and other healthcare professionals in order to enhance patient care.Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:1.Analyze how wheezing during childhood affects lung symptoms and function during adolescence.; 2.Evaluate the natural history of asthma-like symptoms during childhood through adulthood.

WAO Conversations with Experts: Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis

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Podcast (MP3, etc.)World Allergy Organization (WAO)20090.00$0.00MP3 Format, 2.9 MB
Raymond Slavin, MD, MS St. Louis University School of Medicine St. Louis, Missouri (USA) Conducted by: Allen P. Kaplan, MD

WAO Conversations with Experts: Cough: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment

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Podcast (MP3, etc.)World Allergy Organization (WAO)20090.00$0.00MP3 Format, 4.3 MB
Pramod S. Kelkar, MD Allergy and Asthma Care Maple Grove, Minnesota (USA) Conducted by: Richard F. Lockey, MD

WAO Conversations with Experts: Development in Asthma in Childhood

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Podcast (MP3, etc.)World Allergy Organization (WAO)20080.00$0.00MP3 Format, 10.3 MB
Robert Lemanske, MD University of Wisconsin Hospital Madison, Wisconsin (USA) Conducted by: Paul Potter, MD

WAO Conversations with Experts: High Dose Inhaled Corticosteroids for Virus-Induced Wheezing in Young Children

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Podcast (MP3, etc.)World Allergy Organization (WAO)20090.00$0.00MP3 Format, 2.5 MB
Francine M. Ducharme, MD MSc Sainte Justine Medical Center Montreal, Canada Conducted by: Bobby Q. Lanier, MD

WAO Conversations with Experts: Severe Asthma

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Podcast (MP3, etc.)World Allergy Organization (WAO)20110.00$0.00MP3 Format, 14.2 MB
Stephen T. Holgate, MD University of Southampton United Kingdom Conducted by: Richard F. Lockey, MD

Why are Small Airways Important in Asthma?

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Classroom (recorded)World Allergy Organization (WAO)20110.00$0.00 
A WAO Symposium presented by members of the WAO Small Airways Working Group during the XXII World Allergy Congress

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