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Uncontrolled asthma cases increasing in US and Japan

By KJ Mullins     Sep 5, 2010 in Health
Uncontrolled asthma patients in Japan and the United States report that their quality of life has worsened and they have to make use of healthcare resources more often according to the National Health and Wellness Survey, conducted by Kantar Health.
Over 300 million people are affected by asthma worldwide. According to Marco DiBonaventura, Ph.D., Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research at Kantar Health research has shown that almost half of those with the condition in Japan and the United States do not have their disease under control.
Even after controlling for demographics and patient characteristics, U.S. and Japanese patients with uncontrolled asthma reported significantly worse mental and physical quality of life compared with those whose asthma is controlled."
Patients who do not have their asthma under control are hospitalized more often than those with controlled asthma. That is especially true in Japan. In the United States those with uncontrolled asthma visit emergency rooms more often than patients with controlled asthma.
"Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions around the world," says Dr. DiBonaventura. "Given the substantial prevalence of uncontrolled asthma and the significantly greater burden of asthma on the healthcare system in both the U.S. and Japan, appropriate treatment and disease management should be reinforced in the healthcare community."
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