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Title: Clinical management and outcome of refractory asthma in the UK from the British Thoracic Society Difficult Asthma Registry.
Authors: Sweeney, J
Brightling, CE
Menzies-Gow, A
Niven, R
Patterson, CC
Heaney, LG
British Thoracic Society Difficult Asthma Network
First Published: Aug-2012
Citation: THORAX, 2012, 67 (8), pp. 754-756
Abstract: Refractory asthma represents a significant unmet clinical need. Data from a national online registry audited clinical outcome in 349 adults with refractory asthma from four UK specialist centres in the British Thoracic Society Difficult Asthma Network. At follow-up, lung function improved, with a reduction in important healthcare outcomes, specifically hospital admission, unscheduled healthcare visits and rescue courses of oral steroids. The most frequent therapeutic intervention was maintenance oral corticosteroids and most steroid sparing agents (apart from omalizumab) demonstrated minimal steroid sparing benefit. A significant unmet clinical need remains in this group, specifically a requirement for therapies which reduce systemic steroid exposure.
DOI Link: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2012-201869
eISSN: 1468-3296
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

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