Journal article

Quality of life in asthma: A comparison of community and hospital asthma patients

R Adams, M Wakefield, D Wilson, J Parsons, D Campbell, B Smith, R Ruffin

Journal of Asthma | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2001

Abstract

This study compares the quality of life of a community sample of people with asthma in South Australia, using population norms, people suffering from other chronic diseases, and a sample of asthma patients from two hospital clinics. A representative population survey was performed by trained interviewers in spring 1995 of 3001 respondents aged > or = 15 years. A physician's diagnosis of current asthma was reported by 299 (9.9%). The hospital clinic sample had a physician's diagnosis and lung function evidence of asthma (n = 293). All completed the SF-36 health survey. Standardized SF-36 scores, adjusted for age, sex, and social class, were significantly lower for respondents with asthma, com..

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