Updated Canadian Asthma Management Continuum Published

Today the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) has published updated recommendations for the management and treatment of asthma in the Canadian Respiratory Journal (Volume 17-1). The “Canadian Thoracic Society Asthma Management Continuum – 2010 Consensus Summary for children 6 years and over and adults” integrates new evidence into the asthma management continuum and provides a narrative description of its application.  


The CTS Asthma Committee, chaired by Dr. Diane Lougheed, identified a need for an updated comprehensive management continuum diagram and as such, has addressed important key issues regarding asthma diagnosis and management in children (six years of age and over) and adults.  The asthma management continuum has been modified to reflect the importance of confirming diagnosis with objective assessment of lung function as well as regularly reassessing for asthma control using spirometry or peak expiratory flow (PEF). Also addressed are the key medication and monitoring similarities and differences between pediatric and adult asthma management strategies. The revised continuum effectively combines this information in

one figure.


Other topics addressed in the 2010 recommendations include:

The updated Asthma Management Continuum and additional respiratory guidelines produced by the CTS can be found at the Canadian Respiratory Guidelines website: http://www.respiratory guidelines.ca/.

Copies of a pocket summary of the recommendations that includes the revised management continuum are available in French and English and may be ordered in free for a limited time from The Canadian Thoracic Society via ctsinfo@lung.ca


Cats on Airplanes


The Canadian Transportation Agency just released a decision on allergies to cats in airplanes. They have ruled that individuals with cat allergies are persons with disabilities in the context of air travel.


The Agency will now examine whether the three airline carriers' policies of accepting cats in the aircraft cabin constitute an obstacle to the mobility of the complainants in this case – i.e., that they prevent or impede the complainants from travelling by air.






Upcoming Events

Paediatric Respiratory Conference

“Advances in Paediatric

Respiratory Health”

April 16–17, 2010

Queen Alesandra Centre for
Children’s Health, Victoria, BC


Keynote speakers will include

Dr. Mark Montgomery, MD, FRCPC and Dr. Mark Chilvers, MD, FRCPC.



Canadian Respiratory Conference

April 29-May 1, 2010

World Trade & Convention Centre

Halifax, Nova Scotia


The Canadian Respiratory Conference scientific program will feature plenary sessions with renowned speakers presenting leading-edge concepts and current research from a variety of perspectives. A wide range of topics as they relate to adult and paediatric respiratory health will be addressed, including interdisciplinary care, knowledge translation, spirometry interpretation, care maps, emerging technologies, environmental factors, physical exercise, pulmonary rehabilitation, respiratory care in the ICU, and much more!


For more information and to register:




IPCRG (International Primary Care Respiratory Group) Conference

June 2-5, 2010 in Toronto http://www.ipcrg-toronto2010.org/

Toronto will host the prestigious IPCRG biennial international conference On June 2­5 2010 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto. This will be the first time the conference has been held in North America.


Hosted by the Family Physician Airways Group of Canada (FPAGC) and co-sponsored by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, this event is targetted to health care professionals dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research of airway diseases.

The IPCRG provides a forum for its constituent national groups so that it may represent international primary care perspectives in respiratory medicine and raise standards of care in individual countries and globally, through collaborative research, innovation and dissemination of best practice and education.


Topics will cover the spectrum of respiratory illnesses and managements and will be presented in large group formats, small interactive workshops, pro-con debates, and scientific oral and poster sessions. There will also be a focus on Managing Respiratory Diseases in the Developing World, e.g. how to treat our refugee populations in large urban centres. This exciting conference promises to be both fun and practical,
allowing insights into respiratory medicine for YOUR practice as soon as you return to work.


For more information and to register:







We Are Changing Our Name!


By Cheryl Connors, Executive Director


Hello all! First of all, a very belated Happy New Year! I know you have all been used to hearing from me a lot while we were leading up to the conference. As always, we have been very busy and have some pretty exciting announcements and new projects underway.


We will still send out a full update on the conference in the upcoming print edition of “The Educator”. (As expected, it was a great success, with over 300 delegates enjoying an outstanding program, great networking and Whistler, a location that as you are now seeing if you are watching Olympic coverage, is truly one of the most beautiful spots in the world.)


At the November Board meeting, directors and members voted to officially change the name of the organization to the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care (CNRC).  Our name change simply reflects our expanded mandate, as our emphasis has increased to include not only asthma, but also COPD, allergies and smoking cessation.


You will see over the next few months that we will be transitioning to a complete change to the new name. There will be some overlap for a little bit as there is, as you can imagine, quite a bit of legal work to be covered to make the change. We will be changing the name on the website in the next week or two. This is being pushed up a bit because of our exciting new Allergic Living magazine CNRC supplement project.




New Allergic Living Magazine
CNRC Supplement


We are very excited to announce that starting with the Spring issue, there will now be a special 4-page Canadian Network for Respiratory Care supplement in each issue of Allergic Living magazine. This supplement has been made possible with a very generous educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline Canada Inc. The supplement will include information about Certified Asthma and Respiratory Educators and education on asthma/allergies from CAEs and CREs. We will try to do little profiles/features on as many CAEs and CREs as we can. There will be Frequently Asked Questions on asthma/allergies. (We’ll try to get some smoking cessation in there, too. And a little COPD 101.)  We will also include respiratory news and a kids’ corner and a True/False quiz.


We are looking for CAEs and CREs who are interested in becoming involved with this exciting project. You don’t have to be a great writer. We do have access to professional writers/editors. We are looking for content experts. If you have stories ideas, innovative asthma education programs or tools you would like to profile, or FAQs and true/false questions, please contact me directly at cconnors@cnac.net..


University of New Brunswick Researchers Seeking Teens
with Asthma

Teen Research Researchers at the University of New Brunswick are looking for youth to participate in a study about self-esteem in adolescents with chronic illness. They are looking for teenagers in grades 9-12, that have been diagnosed with asthma, arthritis or diabetes, you are eligible to participate! Participants will have a chance to win 1 of 10 $20 VISA Gift Cards! Participation involves completing an anonymous, online survey that takes approximately 45-60 minutes. Questions are related to your experience with illness, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, autonomy, and perceptions of parent and peer relationships. Parents are required to consent to your participation.

To read more information about this study and/or to participate, please click on the following link, or contact the primary researcher Marcie Balch at marcie.balch@unb.ca or her Supervisor, Dr. Diane LaChapelle at dlachape@unb.ca.

This project is on file with the University of New Brunswick Research Ethics Board (REB file # 2009-140).