Asthma patients are Still Fighting for Breath

Katsaounou, Paraskevi, Odemyr, Mikaela, Spranger, Otto, Hyland, Michael E., Gasser, Μatthias, Kottakis, Ioannis, Jaumont, Xavier and Kasujee, Ismail (2018) Asthma patients are Still Fighting for Breath. European Respiratory Journal, 52 (SUP62). ISSN 1399-3003

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Fighting for Breath, survey conducted by EFA in 2005, showed that high proportions of patients (pts) were living with uncontrolled severe asthma symptoms, with possible reasons for poor quality of life (QoL) as exposure to passive smoking, lack of treatment by specialist and absence of new treatments. A decade apart in 2016, we conducted Still Fighting for Breath (GfK on behalf of Novartis upon EFA’s invitation), an online survey in 1333 pts with severe persistent asthma (SPA) from 9 countries (Fig1a), aimed to assess impact of SPA on patients’ QoL. Here we compare the impact of severe persistent asthma on patient’s lives between the two surveys. Large discrepancy was seen between the proportion of pts who perceived their asthma to be well-controlled (42%) and the pts who were well-controlled as per GINA assessment (6%). Impact of asthma on psychological well-being and other activities is given in Fig1b. Though steps have been taken to improve the QoL of asthma pts (law banning smoking in public spaces, new treatments), in the last decade the QoL of severe asthmatic pts has not ameliorated significantly (Fig1c). There is a need for improved management (support and strategies) of pts with SPA and better coordination of efforts (enhancing asthma education, assessing perception of control, patient-physician interaction, guideline implementation, treatment compliance, involvement of pts organisations), which would enable these pts to achieve better disease control.

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Depositing User: Ms Kerry Kellaway
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2019 13:18
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