Asthma action plan tool

Asthma Pictograms

A written action plan is an important part of asthma self-management education and yet they may not be understood by those with limited literacy skills. A researcher at CHEO published finding related to the written action plan for pediatric asthma patients. In this study, researchers examined the efficacy of a written action plan coupled with a prescription following an acute-care visit for asthma. A written action plan with prescription significantly increased patient adherence to inhaled and oral corticosteroids, physicians’ recommendation for maintenance fluticasone and medical follow-up, and asthma control.
The following pictograms are validated in children to help them identify various levels of asthma control. The illustrations have been incorporated into an asthma action plan used at CHEO.


Reference for asthma and pictograms

Irwin, D. Validation of a Set of Asthma Illustrations in Children with Chronic Asthma in the Emergency Department. Hospital Pharmacists. 2012. 65(1). Accessed from April 18, 2012. [Poster]

Roberts N et al. The development and comprehensibility of a pictorial asthma action plan. Patient Education and Counseling Volume 74, Issue 1, January 2009, Pages 12–18. [Poster].

Perceived somatic symptoms and aspects of asthma management by analyzing coloured drawings made by chronic asthmatic children. [AbstractPoster]


Asthma Action Plan with Pictograms