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Eur Ann Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010 Aug;42(4):146-54.

GAPP Italy: "A survey on asthma on Italian physicians and patients".

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Allergy Diseases, Outpatients Unit, Savona, Italy.


Guidelines recognize the importance of achieving and maintaining asthma control: the treatment strategies nw available allow the control of the great majority of patients with asthma but despite many efforts only 5% of patients achieve guideline-defined asthma control. The GAPP (The Global Asthma Physician and Patient survey) is a global quantitative survey with the aiim of identifying barriers to optimal management of asthma. Physicians and adult patients with persistent asthma have been interviewed with closed-ended questions questionnaire. This study has been conducted in 16 countries. In Italy the survey has revealed that physicians prescribe a combination of ICS and LABA more often in the other countries. They consider ICS the first-line treatment for mild persistent asthma. They are not completely satified with ICS because of local and systemic side effects. At the same time, the reason why patients change asthma medication is the potential for side effects. The two group responses were found to differ about the time spent discussing how to improve the management of asthma. A better communication between physician and patient and a new treatment option with lower side effect profile could be the key point to achieve asthma control in a larger number of patients.

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