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GUIDELINES
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 216-233

The Saudi Initiative for asthma


1 Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Respiratory Division, Department of Medicine, Medical College, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Pulmonary Division, Department of Medicine, Military Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5 Pulmonary Section, Department of Pediatrics, King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed S Al-Moamary
P. O. Box 106911, Riyadh 11676
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.56001

PMID: 19881170

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The Saudi Initiative for Asthma (SINA) provides up-to-date guidelines for healthcare workers managing patients with asthma. SINA was developed by a panel of Saudi experts with respectable academic backgrounds and long-standing experience in the field. SINA is founded on the latest available evidence, local literature, and knowledge of the current setting in Saudi Arabia. Emphasis is placed on understanding the epidemiology, pathophysiology, medications, and clinical presentation. SINA elaborates on the development of patient-doctor partnership, self-management, and control of precipitating factors. Approaches to asthma treatment in SINA are based on disease control by the utilization of Asthma Control Test for the initiation and adjustment of asthma treatment. This guideline is established for the treatment of asthma in both children and adults, with special attention to children 5 years and younger. It is expected that the implementation of these guidelines for treating asthma will lead to better asthma control and decrease patient utilization of the health care system.


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