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Thorax. 2013 Mar;68(3):292-3. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2011-201028. Epub 2012 Apr 15.

Follow-up of the Finnish Asthma Programme 2000-2010: reduction of hospital burden needs risk group rethinking.


The Finnish Asthma Programme 1994-2004 focused on early intervention and disease control, thereby resulting in a significant reduction of asthma morbidity. During the follow-up period from 2000 to 2010, the number of hospital days continued to fall by 54%. Patients ≥65 years, especially women, accounted for 39% of the hospital days, and they need attention if the hospital burden is to be reduced further.

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