Wheeze, asthma diagnosis and medication use in developing countries

Becklake, M. R.
November 2005
Thorax;Nov2005, Vol. 60 Issue 11, p885
Academic Journal
The article focuses on wheeze, asthma diagnosis and medication use in developing countries. Standardized population based health surveys have produced much useful information on the prevalence and determinants of asthma in children and adults. The article describes the results of a national health survey conducted among 13,826 South Africans aged 15 years and over to determine the national prevalence and predictors of three outcomes: wheezing symptoms, an asthma diagnosis, and the use of asthma medication. This was an ambitious undertaking given the racial, linguistic, and socioeconomic heterogeneity of the population and its quadruple burden of HIV, other infections, chronic non-communicable disease, and injury.


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