Asthma programme in Finland: a community problem needs community solutions

Haahtela, T.; Klaukka, T.; Koskela, K.; Erhola, M.; Laitinen, L. A.
October 2001
Thorax;Oct2001, Vol. 56 Issue 10, p806
Academic Journal
The article discusses asthma programme in Finland. In 1993 the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in Finland recognized asthma as an important public health issue by appointing a working group to design a national programme for the prevention and alleviation of problems caused by asthma and for reduction of relevant costs. The group decided to create an action programme emphasizing guideline implementation and follow up, which are often neglected in consensus reports on asthma treatment. The 10-year programme was launched in 1994. The article evaluates the programme at the end of 2000. It gives the Finnish perspective to the development of the morbidity and describes a comprehensive approach to decrease the impact of asthma to individuals as well as to society.


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