Landmark Study Shows Suboptimal Asthma Care
Researchers assessed asthma burden and treatment practice in the U.S. based on results of the recently completed Asthma Insight and Management telephone survey in a new study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology annual meeting in Phoenix, Nov. 11-16. The asthma survey, the most comprehensive in the U.S. in the past 10 years, reported 73 percent of patients experienced asthma symptoms or an asthma attack in the past 12 months, 63 percent were affected by asthma throughout the year, and 41 percent believed their asthma was interfering with their life. Authors conclude that “despite the availability of asthma management guidelines and effective asthma treatments, asthma care is inferior, underscoring the need for improved patient education and use of written action plans.”
Title: Patient-Reported Asthma Burden and Treatment Practice in the United States: Results of the Asthma Insight and Management Survey
Lead Author: Eli O. Meltzer, MD, ACAAI Fellow
By the numbers:
An average of one out of 10 school-aged children has asthma and 13 million school days are missed each year. Asthma accounts for about 10.1 million missed work days for adults annually. About 70 percent of asthmatics also have allergies. Anyone with allergies and asthma should be able to feel good, be active all day and sleep well at night. Allergists can identify the source of suffering and develop a treatment plan.
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Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)
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