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Grand Rounds: Severe or Difficult to Treat Asthma: One Size Does Not Fit All


By Carolyn M. Kercsmar, MD , Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Recognize the heterogeneity of asthma phenotypes called severe, or difficult-to-treat asthma. 2. Describe an algorithm to evaluate patients with difficult-to-treat asthma. 3. Explain the mechanisms and efficacy of newer biologic treatments for severe or difficult-to-treat asthma.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses.

Identified Gap:

Asthma in children continues to be difficult to treat throughout the world. New biologic treatments will help to improve management strategies for those children with severe or difficult-to-treat asthma.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.