Optimizing the Care of Patients with Severe Asthma Through Personalized Disease Management

Release date: June 25, 2018
Expiration date: June 25, 2019



J. Mark FitzGerald, MD
Professor of Respiratory Medicine
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia


Despite recent advances in our understanding of the pathophysiology of asthma and a corresponding expansion of targeted treatment modalities, severe asthma care continues to be a challenge in clinical practice. This program is designed to address this issue by imparting clinical knowledge and competence to clinicians that will promote comprehensive assessment and highly personalized treatment of patients whose symptoms meet the criteria for severe asthma. In addition, this educational activity will provide clinicians with guidance on strategies for improving disease awareness, increasing collaborative decision-making, and promoting self-management among severe asthma patients.


This educational initiative has been designed for allergists, pulmonologists, and internal medicine physicians involved in the care of patients with severe asthma.


Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify known phenotypes and endotypes that can inform the development of personalized treatment plans for patients with severe asthma
  • Describe clinical trial data on the efficacy and safety of new and emerging therapies for the treatment of severe asthma
  • Identify strategies for improving communication to promote collaborative decision-making and the ability to self-manage among patients with severe asthma

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of June 25, 2018, through June 25, 2019 participants must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest and the evaluation

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better.




Integrity Continuing Education is accredited with commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Integrity Continuing Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Integrity Continuing Education requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Integrity Continuing Education for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The following faculty/planners reported their financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

J. Mark FitzGerald, MD
Consulting Fees: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Merck, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, TEVA
Speakers Bureaus: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Merck, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, TEVA
Contracted Research: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Sanofi

Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc
Consulting Fees: Amgen, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Sanofi/Regeneron, TEVA
Contracted Research: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Sanofi/Regeneron, TEVA

Patima Tanapat, PhD, hereby states that she or her spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.


This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.


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The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.


Provided by Integrity Continuing Education, Inc.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP.

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