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Asthma: moving toward a global children's charter.

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Published:1st Apr 2019
Author: Lenney W, Adachi Y, Bush A, Fischer GB, Hong J, Ostrem A et al.
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Ref.:Lancet Respir Med. 2019;7(4):299-300.
DOI:10.1016/S2213-2600(19)30074-8

Most children with asthma should be easy to manage and achieve good disease control. However, the global quality of asthma diagnosis and its management in children is extremely variable, with consistently high numbers of hospital admissions, avoidable asthma deaths, poor engagement in care by families, and very high financial burdens accrued by health-care systems. There is little evidence that asthma management is improving as the years progress. Great global inequalities continue in both diagnosis and management, with a disproportionate number of children in low-income and middle-income countries with no access to or unable to receive appropriate care. The Lancet Clinical Commission, After asthma: redefining airways diseases, states that asthma is an umbrella term with differing presentations across the world.

 

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