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a spirometry image 2January 25 2018

Asthma UK has warned that basic asthma care requirements are still not being met, and that care varies across the UK.

Its annual survey, based on 7,611 patient responses, has reported that “two thirds of people with asthma are still not receiving the basic asthma care they need to stay out of hospital and get on with their lives.” In addition, “less than a third of people who had been admitted to hospital for their asthma received the appropriate follow up care.”

It notes there has been a slight upward trend on the provision of basic care over the past five years, with 35% of respondents saying they received an annual asthma review, an inhaler technique review and a written asthma action plan. However, the upward trend has been mainly due to an increase in people having an asthma action plan (43.9% in 2017, compared to 24.0% in 2013), while inhaler technique review frequency has declined.

In terms of the national variation in care provision, 48.2% of people with asthma in Northern Ireland reported receiving basic asthma care compared to 27.6% in London. There is also variation in care by age, with young adults receiving the lowest levels of care, while children and those aged 70-79 receive the highest levels of asthma care.

Other findings from the survey include:

  • 55.6% of respondents said they used some form of technology in your healthcare, but only 8.3% used an asthma specific app
  • leading triggers were colds and flu (81.0%); dust (63%), air pollution (61.6%), pollen (61.6%), exercise (53.4%) cigarette smoke (53.4%).

Introducing the survey findings, Kay Boycott, Chief Executive, Asthma UK, said: “Whilst we know we face difficult times in the NHS, I am incredibly disappointed about the lack of progress shown in this report and angry at the inaction on behalf of people with asthma. What is particularly frustrating is that these tough circumstances have not seen a halt in innovation, access to care or new treatments developed. But people with asthma are still missing out on the basic provisions of care, even whilst we see progress being made in other conditions.

“The only measure that has seen consistent improvement is the provision of written asthma action plans, and that is due to the unrelenting efforts of Asthma UK to promote their life saving potential direct to people with asthma, policy makers and health care professionals.”

Link:
Asthma UK survey        

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