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Better Control for Better Living

Findings from a recent Harris survey conducted on behalf of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) underscore the need for better asthma control among patients.

As a result, AAFA has created the "Better Control for Better Living" council, a nationwide panel of patients, health experts, community leaders and others to uncover the problems and create solutions and tools to improve communication between patients and health care providers (HCPs).

Better Control for Better LivingAccording to the Harris survey, a majority of asthma patients and caregivers incorrectly believe that their asthma symptoms are under control, in part, because conversations about severity of symptoms and treatment do not take place between many sufferers and their HCPs. According to patients in the survey, fewer than half of them say that their doctor tells them enough. 

AAFA has begun to make the public aware of this communication gap and to create tools and resources the facilitate the patient-doctor communication. 

Research Highlights

More Than Half of Asthma Patients Say Their HCPs Have Never Talked About Attack Procedures:

  • Less than one in two sufferers' HCPs (47%) have initiated conversations about when asthma is severe enough to call a doctor or go to an emergency room. This number is a little higher for the caregivers (66%)

Most Asthma Patients Over-Estimate Level of Control: a majority of asthma patients believe that their asthma is under control (88%), despite the fact that:

  • 61% have had to catch their breath while running upstairs,
  • 50% have had to stop exercising midway through their regimen
  • 48% have been woken up in the middle of the night as a result of their asthma

Parents Over-Estimate Child’s Level of Control: a majority of asthma caregivers believe that their child’s asthma is under control (89%), despite the fact that:

  • 49% of their children have had to miss days of school and/or work
  • 49% of their children have had to stop exercising midway through their regimen
  • 45% of their children have been woken up in the middle of the night as a result of their asthma

 

 

 
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