Language matters: why the term ‘exacerbation’ should be dropped
By Michael Woodhead
10 Sep 2019
Clinicians should avoid the term asthma ‘exacerbation’ because it confuses and misleads patients who think it means a slight deterioration in lung function or modest increase in symptoms, an Australian study has found. Asthma ‘attack’ should be the preferred language when communicating with patients because this is the term most use to describe the serious ...