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What lies behind relief and worsening of asthma symptoms? A register-based study of adults with asthma and other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases in Finland.
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PMID:  16979379     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: To examine how subjects with relief or worsening of asthma symptoms differ in terms of gender, age, severity and duration of asthma, comorbidity, and difficulties with medication and daily life. METHODS: A postal inquiry among a sample of 6000 adults with clinically diagnosed asthma and/or other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. RESULTS: Relief of asthma symptoms over a 12-month period was associated with a recent asthma diagnosis, within five years, in both sexes. Lack of current smoking and lack of problems in using anti-asthmatic treatment were associated with a positive outcome in men, and mild asthma and living alone associated with a positive outcome in women. Severe and moderate asthma predicted worse symptoms in both sexes, as did other obstructive pulmonary diseases, living alone, and medication problems amongst men. CONCLUSIONS: Patients with asthma should be cared for comprehensively, requiring consideration of both clinical and psychosocial factors that can modify the course of the disease.
Pekka Ikäheimo; Sirpa Hartikainen; Tuili Tuuponen; Helinä Hakko; Jorma Kiuttu; Timo Klaukka
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2006-09-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Primary care respiratory journal : journal of the General Practice Airways Group     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1471-4418     ISO Abbreviation:  Prim Care Respir J     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-09     Completed Date:  2007-02-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101121543     Medline TA:  Prim Care Respir J     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  278-85     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Public Health Science and General Practice, University of Oulu, PO Box 5000, FIN 90014, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Asthmatic Agents / therapeutic use*
Asthma / drug therapy,  physiopathology*
Logistic Models
Middle Aged
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / epidemiology,  physiopathology
Quality of Life*
Severity of Illness Index
Smoking / epidemiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Asthmatic Agents

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