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J Asthma. 2003 Jun;40(4):335-42.

Population-based screening or case detection for asthma: are we ready?

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, USA. lpb1@cdc.gov

Abstract

Asthma is a prevalent health problem for which there are effective treatments. By identifying people with asthma and treating them effectively, the burden of asthma in the United States should be reduced. Detecting people with asthma through screening programs seems a logical approach to the problem. This article assesses our readiness for population-based screening and case detection programs for asthma and examines these activities in relation to World Health Organization criteria for determining the appropriateness of screening programs. Given that, at this time, a number of the criteria have not been met, we conclude that population-based approaches to screening and case detection of asthma are of unproven benefit and need further research. A more appropriate focus may be to ensure that all people who are diagnosed with asthma receive appropriate medical care.

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