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Asthmatics not as healthy as they think

first_imgNine out of 10 people with asthma mistakenly believe their condition isunder control, a meeting of the British Thoracic Society heard in December. The study of 517 people, sponsored by pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca, found91 per centof patients believe their asthma is under control when in fact itwas not. This meant there was an unacceptably high level of uncontrolled asthma inthe community. Two thirds of those questioned – 66 per cent – said they experiencedsymptoms two to three times a week, while 41 per cent had symptoms every day. Global guidelines recommend that asthma patients whose condition is managedand treated appropriately should have minimal or no symptoms and should onlyexperience occasional asthma episodes. Initially, 58 per cent of patients said they were very satisfied with theirasthma care, but this fell to 33 per cent when they were shown the globalguidelines. Glasgow GP Dr John Haughney, chairman of the General Practice Airways Groupand co-leader of the research, said: “People with asthma appear to havevery low expectations of how well they can be and do not realise that theycould be better. They are putting up with symptoms that they should not beexperiencing.” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Asthmatics not as healthy as they thinkOn 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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