Asthma in Canada: missing the treatment targets

Chapman, Kenneth R.
April 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/8/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 8, p1027
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study which reported a rising rate of deaths caused by asthma at a time when physicians were complacent about their ability to manage this commonplace disease. Investigations in Canada showed that patients and their physicians relied too heavily on quick-fix bronchodilators while ignoring effective preventive therapies. It suggests that as many as one in five Canadians with asthma use rapid-acting bronchodilators more often than recommended. It concludes that although there is a decrease in asthma mortality in Canada, the majority of Canadians with asthma do not enjoy the control of symptoms recommended by guidelines.


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