The NIAMS gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the following individuals in the preparation and review of previous versions of this publication: Gayle Lester, ., Joan McGowan, ., James Panagis, ., Susana Serrate-Sztein, ., and Bernadette Tyree, ., NIAMS/NIH; Kenneth D. Brandt, ., Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN; Victor M. Goldberg, ., University Hospitals of Cleveland, OH; Marc C. Hochberg, ., ., University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; John Klippel, ., Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta, GA; and Roland Moskowitz, ., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Special thanks also go to the patients who reviewed this publication and provided valuable input.
Communicating the effectiveness, safety, and importance of ICS for asthma control and addressing concerns about their long-term use should occur at all levels of health care. It is also important for clinicians and educators to tailor their communications based on consideration of the patient’s health literacy level. As well, it is crucial to develop a heightened awareness of health disparities and cultural barriers that facilitate more effective communication with minority (ethnic or racial) or economically disadvantaged patients regarding the use of asthma medications that may improve asthma outcomes.