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More than 22 million people in the U.S. have asthma, and asthma symptoms, which include coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, can have a negative impact on a patient’s ability to perform daily activities. Even patients currently treated with a daily medicine to control their asthma continue to experience symptoms. One survey found 55 percent of asthma patients, who take at least one treatment, still experienced symptoms.
Now, a new survey from the Allergy & Asthma Network – the leading nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related respiratory diseases – explores these asthma patients who continue to experience symptoms.
This new survey sheds important light on attitudes from patient and healthcare providers:
- The majority of surveyed asthma patients agree their symptoms are well-controlled, yet 70 percent of the same respondents report limits to everyday activities on a weekly basis due to asthma.
- By contrast, the vast majority (84 percent) of health care professionals surveyed indicate that patients with well-controlled asthma should have no limits to everyday activities on a weekly basis due to asthma.
These findings suggest that patients may be overestimating their level of control, not realizing that their condition may be even further improved.
The Observation of Patient Experience in the Nation (OPEN) Asthma Survey included 2,900 self-reported adults living with asthma and over 850 healthcare professionals, including both primary care and specialist physicians. The online survey was sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Dr. Purvi Parikh – Allergist and Immunologist at NYU Medical Center and Tonya Winders, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allergy & Asthma Network, the organization that commissioned the survey joined me to share more about the survey, and what asthma patients and healthcare providers can do to reach a common ground.
Take a look at the discussion below.
To learn more, visit: www.allergyasthmanetwork.org
Meet Our Guests:
Dr. Purvi Parikh is an adult and pediatric allergist and immunologist. She completed her fellowship training in allergy and immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Montefiore medical center. Prior to that, she completed her residency at the The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH and she is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She completed her B.A. in political science at Emory University and received her M.D. from St. George’s University. She is currently affiliated with NYU Medical Center as well as Beth Israel Medical Center.
Tonya Winders, MBA, is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Allergy & Asthma Network, the leading patient advocacy organization dedicated to ending the needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions.
Tonya has over 17 years experience in leadership roles within the allergy and asthma industry. From sales and marketing leadership to managed markets access, she has worked tirelessly to ensure patients have access to effective diagnostic and treatment tools.