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January 9, 2013

Strategies for Tailoring Asthma Treatment in Adults

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliations: Department of Respiratory Medicine, Academic Medical Centre at the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Dr Sterk; p.j.sterk@amc.nl); and Department of Medical Decision Making, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands (Dr Sont).

JAMA. 2013;309(2):135-136. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.73379

To the Editor: The Best Adjustment Strategy for Asthma in the Long Term (BASALT) trial conducted by Dr Calhoun and colleagues1 compared 3 strategies for tailoring asthma treatment in adult patients, including adjustment of inhaled steroids based on physician assessment, exhaled nitric oxide, and day-to-day symptoms. The data showed that the exhaled nitric oxide or daily symptom strategies were not superior to physician assessment with regard to treatment failure.

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