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Identifying asthma patients who tolerate lower doses of steroids remains problematic
Date:5/22/2012

clinicians will most likely need to look at other options to help identify patients who respond positively to stepping down their ICS dose.

"All respiratory researchers are striving to find the 'gold standard' in asthma assessment tools, and while it is frustrating that this study did not identify a clinical measurement which strongly distinguishes between patients who can or cannot step down their ICS medication, we were surprised to see that a lower percentage of patients suffered from a loss of control or exacerbation than we initially predicted," she said. "We now hope general practitioners will feel more confident in initiating ICS reduction in a larger proportion of their well-controlled asthmatic patients."


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Contact: Nathaniel Dunford
ndunford@thoracic.org
212-315-8620
American Thoracic Society
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