Today Asthma UK has launched new research showing two – thirds of people with asthma are not receiving care that meets the most basic clinical standard, despite the fact that good routine asthma care prevents life-threatening asthma attacks and needless hospital admissions.
These findings come two years after the National Review of Asthma Deaths showed that two out of three deaths are preventable with good basic care. We know that good care stops asthma attacks, however, these findings show there are still too many examples where this isn't happening. Asthma has the best evidence that self-management works and with new asthma digital health solutions we have the potential to help healthcare professionals manage asthma more effectively as well as support better self-management. Digital asthma action plans, smart inhalers, and automated GP alerts are just some of the ways asthma care could be brought up to date and help reduce the risk of potentially fatal asthma attacks.
Our report, based on a survey of more than 4,500 people, provides a snapshot of the standards of asthma care and emphasises the need to revolutionise the way asthma is managed. I hope you read our report with interest and should you require further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Finally, I'd like to give you advanced notice that next week Asthma UK will be launching our annual #Scarfie campaign to help stop asthma attacks this winter and we would be delighted if you could get involved. Further details to follow shortly.
Miss Derry Begho
External Affairs Officer
Asthma UK, 4th Floor, 18 Mansell Street, London, E1 8AA
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