Differentiating the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the elderly patient

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The focus of this case is a 70-year-old female who was admitted to an assisted living community following a hospitalization for a severe asthma exacerbation. The diagnosis of asthma in the geriatric patient is often under-recognized, misdiagnosed, and improperly managed. Several factors may explain the misclassification and the undertreatment of asthma in the older patient. This case discusses the pharmacotherapeutic management of asthma in the geriatric patient and differentiates the clinical features of asthma from that of chronic obstructive lung disease. The comprehensive management of asthma should include an interprofessional approach because the consultant pharmacist is an essential member of the health care team.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)650-659
Number of pages10
JournalConsultant Pharmacist
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2012


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  • Pharmacology (medical)

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