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Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2006 Aug;10(8):911-6.

Treatment outcome of asthma after one year follow-up in health centres of several developing countries.

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Asthma Division, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France.

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  • Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2006 Nov;10(11):1304. Koadag, B [corrected to Karadag, B].



Seven selected out-patient clinics caring for asthma patients in Algeria, Guinea, Morocco, Syria, Turkey and Vietnam.


Evaluation of treatment outcomes after one year of follow-up of a cohort of asthma patients consecutively enrolled in a prospective study evaluating routine practice.


Among 310 asthma patients registered, the following outcomes were recorded after one year of follow-up: 95 (31%) successful, 61 (20%) under control, 35 (11%) failed, 116 (37%) defaulted and 3 (1%) transferred. Among the 167 (53.9%) patients still on treatment after one year there was a substantial increase in the proportion of patients classified as intermittent at the end of treatment (from 11% to 53%), with a decrease in all categories of persistent asthma (from 34% to 12% for mild, 45% to 28% for moderate and 10% to 8% for severe asthma).


While patients' quality of life can be improved if they follow regular treatment, the key challenge in providing care is to ensure that patients adhere to their treatment.

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