Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Asthma Action Plan
  • The core of asthma management is the individualized asthma action plan.
  • An action plan outlines the criteria for determining control and informs the client of the necessary steps to maintain or regain asthma control.
  • Overall, an action plan provides clients with a framework to understand their asthma management.

Ask client if he/she has a written action plan

Yes No
Assess inhaler's technique Discuss role and rationale of action plan
Assess client's knowledge and use of action plan Provide sample plan to complete with physician (refer to the guideline supplement pg. 11 for a sample action plan, 
Assess inhaler technique