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Asthma control in primary care in Sweden: a comparison between 2001 and 2005
Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences - Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, Uppsala University, Science Park, Uppsala, Sweden.
Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences - Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, Uppsala University, Science Park, Uppsala, Sweden.
Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences - Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, Uppsala University, Science Park, Uppsala, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4241-7851
Department of Medical Sciences, Respiratory Medicine and Allergology, Uppsala University, Sweden.
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2009 (English)In: Primary Care Respiratory Journal, ISSN 1471-4418, E-ISSN 1475-1534, Vol. 18, no 4, 279-286 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM: To compare the degree of asthma control in 2001 and 2005 in a primary care setting in Sweden.

METHOD: Two similar questionnaire surveys were performed in 2001 and 2005 with 1,012 and 224 asthma patients aged 18-45 randomly selected from 42 and 56 primary health care centres, respectively. A classification of asthma control similar to the GINA guidelines was made using information obtained from the questionnaire.

RESULTS: In 2001, 36.6% had achieved asthma control, 23.8% were partly controlled and 39.6% uncontrolled. In 2005, the corresponding figures were 40.2%, 26.8% and 33.0%, respectively, with no difference between the two surveys (p=0.114). Uncontrolled asthma was more common in women (p<0.001 in the first and p<0.05 in the second survey) and smokers (p<0.01 in the first and p<0.01 in the second survey). The use of combination corticosteroid/long-acting bronchodilator inhalers had increased - 34.2% and 48.2%, respectively (p<0.001) - and many patients used their inhaled corticosteroids periodically.

CONCLUSION: In spite of treatment guidelines many patients in Swedish primary care still have insufficient asthma control.

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Macmillan Publishers Ltd., 2009. Vol. 18, no 4, 279-286 p.
Keyword [en]
Asthma; Asthma control; GINA guideline; Primary care; Questionnaire surveys; Sweden
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Respiratory Medicine and Allergy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-55847DOI: 10.4104/pcrj.2009.00024PubMedID: 19455269Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-72149102963OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-55847DiVA: diva2:1075314
Available from: 2017-02-17 Created: 2017-02-17 Last updated: 2017-04-07Bibliographically approved

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