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Asthma outcomes revisited.
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PMID:  23196270     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Asthma outcomes constitute the cornerstone of asthma clinical research. Despite their known importance, it has been difficult for researchers to standardize these outcomes in large part because of the heterogeneity of the disease. This review seeks to provide an overview of recent recommendations for standardization of asthma outcomes in clinical trials, as well as discuss areas of future interest.
RECENT FINDINGS: Several outcome measures have been recommended and are used in evaluating different interventions in asthma clinical trials. Such outcomes include lung function, asthma control measures, symptoms, exacerbations, quality of life, biomarkers, healthcare utilization and cost of care. More recently, recommendations for core measures, supplemental measures and future areas of interest for all future asthma clinical trials have been recommended by the Asthma Outcomes Workshop supported by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in the US.
SUMMARY: Standardization of asthma outcomes allows the comparison of results across multiple studies and centers. The recommendations of the Asthma Outcomes Workshop constitute an excellent first step in standardizing the way in which asthma outcomes are assessed. The asthma research community is now charged with implementing these recommendations and expanding upon them.
Amit D Parulekar; Ammar Alobaidy; Nicola A Hanania
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in pulmonary medicine     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1531-6971     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Opin Pulm Med     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2012-11-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9503765     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Pulm Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  6-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.
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