Your Asthma Health Care Team
Your Asthma Healthcare Team
help you manage your
You and your team will create your
You may see
year who help keep you healthy. Your asthma care team may
- Primary healthcare provider
- Exercise physiologist
- Mental healthcare provider
more about these types of providers below.
Primary healthcare provider
you see for most healthcare visits. This includes yearly checkups and
general care. He or she may be one of these:
Family practice doctor. This
Internist. This type of
doctor has extra training in internal medicine. This is general medicine for
Nurse practitioner. This
provider is an advanced practice registered nurse.
are trained to give
under the direction of a medical doctor.
can do many things a medical doctor can. This includes giving
physical exam and writing
Physician’s assistant. This
provider is also trained to give
under the direction of a medical doctor.
you an exam and write
You’ll see your primary
most of the time. But
there may be a
asthma is not under
control. Then you
a specialist. You may see a pulmonologist or an allergist.
diseases of the airways and lungs. He or she has extra years of training in the
This type of doctor is also
an immunologist. He or she has extra training in treating asthma and allergies.
These are healthcare providers who
work with others on your team. A nurse may:
Nurses can get extra training to become certain types of nurses.Types of nurses with advanced clinical certification include:
- Advanced practice registered nurse
- Nurse practitioner
- Nurse midwife
- Pulmonary nurse practitioner
- Clinical nurse specialist, such as asthma nurse specialist or
respiratory nurse specialist
works in a pharmacy, hospital, or medical center.
are trained in providing
medicines. They alsoadvise
how to use them safely. A pharmacist knows which medicines should not be used together.
This includes prescription and
medicines. He or she can also
you on medicine side effects.
trained in the best ways to do safe exercises. Exercise is
to stay healthy. But it can trigger asthma for some people. He or she can design a
fitness or exercise program for you.
Mental healthcare provider
Emotional stress can
And coping with a long-term(chronic)
condition such as asthma can cause stress for both you and your family. A mental
healthcare provider can help you and your family
with emotional stress. Different types of providers can give this
care. They may have training in individual, group, or family therapy. The types of
Licensed clinical social worker
This type of provider has a master’s degree in social work and has
passed a state exam. He or she can also help you find financial aid and other
Psychologist. This type of
provider has a master’s degree or doctorate in psychology. He or she may be trained
in other methods, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT helps a person
change negative thoughts and actions.
Psychiatrist. This is a type
of medical doctor. A psychiatrist can also prescribe medicine.
Marriage and family therapist.
This type of provider has a master’s degree or doctorate in a mental health
Choosing asthma healthcare providers
Make sure your healthcare team
members are board certified or licensed for their specialty. This means they have
special training and the approval of an official group. Ask questions such as:
Do you have any special training for treating asthma?
How many people that you
treat have asthma?
How often will I have tests?
Do you accept my insurance plan? What are your billing policies?
Will you send reports or records to my other healthcare providers as needed?
Working with your healthcare team
You are part of your healthcare team, too. Make sure to:
Stick to your
Work with your healthcare team to create this plan. It should include how to
include what to do if you have an asthma attack.
Use your medicines. You may
have maintenance medicine. And you may have rescue medicine.
Talk with a nurse or your pharmacist if you need help using your medicines.
Keep track of your symptoms.Note
your asthma triggers. Bring the information with you when you
visit your provider. This can help you and your team manage your asthma.
Keep in contact. Go to
regular checkups. Make an appointment if you’re having trouble controlling your
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Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN CCRC
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