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National Survey Reveals Gap in 'Uncontrolled Asthma' Knowledge - Putting Asthma Patients at Risk for Serious Health Consequences
Date:4/15/2009

PHYSICIANS CONCERNED THAT ASTHMA PATIENTS WHO STOP USING ASTHMA CONTROLLER MEDICINE MAY VISIT EMERGENCY ROOM MORE OFTEN

WASHINGTON, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A new nationwide telephone survey of 1,001 patients found that while most asthma patients know the risks of "uncontrolled asthma," they misinterpret asthma control, not realizing that asthma is a chronic disease that requires long-term therapy - even when asthma symptoms are not present. Data from The Asthma G.A.P. in America II: General Awareness and Perceptions survey found that 66 percent of asthma patients considered asthma a serious condition, but an astounding 70 percent of the 21% who had discontinued taking an asthma controller medicine halted their prescribed long-term treatment because they incorrectly believed their asthma was controlled. The survey included 300 physicians and showed that 87% of physicians think that their patients stop their asthma controller medications without their advice. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) conducted the study with support from AstraZeneca.

"This survey shows there's an alarming divide between what people know about their asthma and the actions they take to achieve optimal control of their asthma symptoms," said Mike Tringale, AAFA's Director of External Affairs. "Part of the problem may be that many patients believe their asthma is under control once they're no longer experiencing symptoms. Asthma patients can take action to better manage their asthma symptoms through appropriate treatment, tools and resources, many of which are available at www.AsthmaGap.com."

People with asthma suffer from chronic lung inflammation (swelling), which, left untreated, can lead to progressive loss of lung function and other severe consequences. Despite these known facts, nearly half (42 percent) of patients surveyed in
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