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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

Survey Design/Methodology

The Asthma G.A.P. II in America telephone survey was conducted between June 27 and August 18, 2008 among a national sample of 1,001 asthma sufferers from all ethnicities and regions. This comprehensive study was conducted to determine what gaps exist between awareness and perceptions regarding asthma.

The telephone study was authored by Dr. Reynold A. Panettieri, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Sheldon Spector, California Allergy and Asthma Medical Group; Dr. Matthew Mintz, George Washington University Medical Center; and Mike Tringale, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

This survey was the second phase of the Asthma G.A.P. in America: General Awareness and Perceptions survey that initially launched in 2007 and revealed widespread misperceptions about asthma control.

Results based on the sample of adults nationwide have a margin of error of +/-3.1 percentage points, with a 95% confidence level. Visit AsthmaGap.com for more information about the survey.

About Asthma

Asthma is a condition characterized by inflammation of airways in the lungs resulting in chronic wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing. Asthma has a significant impact on both individual lives and society including:

  • More than 4,000 deaths occurred in 2003
  • Nearly 500,000 hospitalizations occurred in 2004
  • 12.8 million missed days of school in 2003, making asthma the leading cause of school absenteeism
  • In 2003, over 10 million missed days of work for adults each year
  • 1.8 million emergency room visits in 2004
  • Nearly $18 billion in medical expenses and indirect costs

About AAFA

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is the leading national no
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