Asthma: Are You Well Controlled?

More than 22 million people in the U.S. have asthma. When asthma is not well controlled it can affect your normal daily routine, disrupt sleep and more.  In this post, Dr. Purvi Parikh and Tonya Winders will be discussing the surprising results from a recent survey of asthma patients. If you or someone you know has asthma, you’ll want to pay close attention.

Are You Having Asthma Symptoms?

Asthma symptoms, which include coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, can have a negative impact on a patient’s ability to perform daily activities. Even patients currently treated with a daily medicine to control their asthma continue to experience symptoms. One survey found 55 percent of asthma patients, who take at least one treatment, still experienced symptoms.

Now, a new survey from the Allergy & Asthma Network – the leading nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related respiratory diseases – explores these asthma patients who continue to experience symptoms.

Survey Results

This new survey sheds important light on attitudes from patient and healthcare providers:

  • The majority of surveyed asthma patients agree their symptoms are well-controlled, yet 70 percent of the same respondents report limits to everyday activities on a weekly basis due to asthma.
  • By contrast, the vast majority (84 percent) of health care professionals surveyed indicate that patients with well-controlled asthma should have no limits to everyday activities on a weekly basis due to asthma.

These findings suggest that patients may be overestimating their level of control, not realizing that their condition may be even further improved.

For More Information

The Observation of Patient Experience in the Nation (OPEN) Asthma Survey included 2,900 self-reported adults living with asthma and over 850 healthcare professionals, including both primary care and specialist physicians. The online survey was sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. For more information and to get tips on how to talk to your doctor about your asthma symptoms, visit www.openasthma.com.

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