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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. naitkhaled@iuatld.org

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

Abstract

SETTING:

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

DESIGN:

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.

RESULTS:

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).

CONCLUSIONS:

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.

PMID:
16898377
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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