The new BTS/SIGN asthma guidelines: where evidence leads the way

Higgins, B. G.; Douglas, J. G.
February 2003
Thorax;Feb2003, Vol. 58 Issue 2, p98
Academic Journal
The British Thoracic Society (BTS) guidelines were rewritten in 1993 with additional advice on childhood asthma, and further updated in 1995. Elsewhere, the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) published their guideline on the hospital management of asthma in 1996 based on the BTS work, and subsequently published on the primary care management of asthma in 1998 and the management of acute asthma in 1999. While the BTS versions have been among the most widely implemented of all clinical guidelines, there has been an increasing need to update them using evidence-based methodology and covering all aspects of asthma care.


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