Journal article

'You have to learn to live with it': a qualitative and quantitative study of older people with asthma

Dianne P Goeman, Robyn E O'Hehir, Christine Jenkins, Simon L Scharf, Jo A Douglass

The Clinical Respiratory Journal | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Asthma mortality has declined overall because of a range of public health initiatives. In western countries, the majority of asthma deaths now occur in people over the age of 50. The reasons for the poorer response of older age groups to public health asthma initiatives are not known. OBJECTIVES: We undertook a study to investigate the disease perspectives of older people with asthma and barriers which may exist and prevent optimal asthma care. METHODS: Fifty-five participants (16 male and 39 female) aged over 50 from an inner city, suburban area and a rural region were recruited. Lung function was measured, and questionnaire data on asthma symptoms, knowledge and control, medi..

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