Treating concomitant asthma and allergic rhinitis


Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is one of the most common chronic respiratory conditions in Australia, with an estimated 3.2 million sufferers (AIHW 2010).

Approximately 2 million Australians suffer from asthma, and an estimated 700,000 patients have both asthma and AR (AIHW 2010).

There is evidence that in patients who have concomitant AR and asthma, the asthma symptoms are more difficult to control, compared to patients with asthma alone (Van den Berge et al. 2002).

After completing this audit, general practitioners will be able to:

  • Systematically introduce changes into their practice to more accurately diagnose and treat patients suffering from concomitant asthma and allergic rhinitis.
  • Develop an individualised treatment plan for patients suffering from allergic rhinitis, depending on a patient’s triggers, frequency and severity of symptoms.
  • Educate patients about the link between asthma and allergic rhinitis, and effective management strategies.
  • Ensure the safe use of medications to prevent / alleviate the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

On successful completion, GPs will be eligible for 40 Category 1 points from the RACGP. This audit qualifies as a Quality Improvement activity.

Please click here to start the audit.