Analysis

Greater collaboration vital to treating asthma in the young

Asthma is now so common that in every classroom there will be, on average, at least two children who have the condition. But such familiarity seems to have bred complacency. In 2014 the National Review of Asthma Deaths: Why Asthma Still Kills warned not enough was being done to reduce unnecessary admissions and deaths. The findings were shocking, but perhaps not surprising.

Asthma is now so common that in every classroom there will be, on average, at least two children who have the condition. But such familiarity seems to have bred complacency. In 2014 the National Review of Asthma Deaths: Why Asthma Still Kills warned not enough was being done to reduce unnecessary admissions and deaths. The findings were shocking, but perhaps not surprising.

Many of the recommendations made – from patients needing personal action plans, to following up on emergency department visits – were well-rehearsed measures. But could we now have reached a turning point? The National Paediatric Asthma Collaborative (NPAC), an umbrella group of experts set up after the report was published to improve care, hopes so.

UK asthma facts:
  • 1.1 million children have asthma
  • 25,000 emergency admissions a year
  • 19-fold variation in admission rates between local areas
  • 1,200 deaths from asthma in 2012
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