Global asthma prevalence in adults: findings from the cross-sectional world health survey

 

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dc.contributor.author To, Teresa en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Stanojevic, Sanja en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Moores, Ginette en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Gershon, Andrea en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Bateman, Eric en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Cruz, Alvaro en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Boulet, Louis-Philippe en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-23T11:40:01Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-23T11:40:01Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation To, T., Stanojevic, S., Moores, G., Gershon, A. S., Bateman, E. D., Cruz, A. A., & Boulet, L. P. (2012). Global asthma prevalence in adults: findings from the cross-sectional world health survey. BMC public health, 12(1), 204. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15229
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-204
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Asthma is a major cause of disability, health resource utilization and poor quality of life world-wide. We set out to generate estimates of the global burden of asthma in adults, which may inform the development of strategies to address this common disease. METHODS: The World Health Survey (WHS) was developed and implemented by the World Health Organization in 2002-2003. A total of 178,215 individuals from 70 countries aged 18 to 45 years responded to questions related to asthma and related symptoms. The prevalence of asthma was based on responses to questions relating to self-reported doctor diagnosed asthma, clinical/treated asthma, and wheezing in the last 12 months. RESULTS: The global prevalence rates of doctor diagnosed asthma, clinical/treated asthma and wheezing in adults were 4.3%, 4.5%, and 8.6% respectively, and varied by as much as 21-fold amongst the 70 countries. Australia reported the highest rate of doctor diagnosed, clinical/treated asthma, and wheezing (21.0%, 21.5%, and 27.4%). Amongst those with clinical/treated asthma, almost 24% were current smokers, half reported wheezing, and 20% had never been treated for asthma. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides a global estimate of the burden of asthma in adults, and suggests that asthma continues to be a major public health concern worldwide. The high prevalence of smoking remains a major barrier to combating the global burden of asthma. While the highest prevalence rates were observed in resource-rich countries, resource-poor nations were also significantly affected, posing a barrier to development as it stretches further the demands of non-communicable diseases. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.publisher BioMed Central Ltd en_ZA
dc.rights This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License en_ZA
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 en_ZA
dc.source BMC Public Health en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpublichealth/ en_ZA
dc.subject.other Asthma en_ZA
dc.subject.other World Health Survey en_ZA
dc.subject.other Asthma effects en_ZA
dc.title Global asthma prevalence in adults: findings from the cross-sectional world health survey en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.rights.holder 2012 To et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Division of Pulmonology en_ZA
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