European Respiratory Society Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Asthma in Adults

Although asthma is very common affecting 5-10% of the population, the diagnosis of asthma in adults remains a challenge in the real world that results in both over- and under-diagnosis. A task force (TF) was set up by the European Respiratory Society to systematically review the literature on the diagnostic accuracy of tests used to diagnose asthma in adult patients and provide recommendation for clinical practice. This document presents their findings.

European Respiratory Society Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Asthma in Children Aged 5–16 Years

Child with asthma inhaler

Diagnosing asthma in children represents an important clinical challenge. There is no single gold-standard test to confirm the diagnosis. Consequently, over- and under-diagnosis of asthma is frequent in children. A task force supported by the European Respiratory Society has developed these evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis of asthma in children aged 5–16 years using nine Population, Intervention, Comparator and Outcome (PICO) questions. 

A European Respiratory Society technical standard: exhaled biomarkers in lung disease

The aim of this document is to provide technical standards and recommendations for sample collection and analytic approaches and to highlight future research priorities in the field with regards to breath tests including the fraction of nitric oxide in expired gas (FeNO), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), variables in exhaled breath condensate (EBC) and other measurements.