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Asthma : We Need To Do Better!

Janet Poponick, MD
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Affiliations: Cleveland, OH 
 ,  Dr. Poponick is Senior Instructor at Case Western Reserve University.

Correspondence to: Janet Poponick, MD, MetroHealth Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine, 2500 MetroHealth Dr, Cleveland, OH 44109; jpoponick@metrohealth.org



Chest. 1999;116(6):1509-1510. doi:10.1378/chest.116.6.1509
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Asthma is a very common chronic disease with a self-reported prevalence of 13.7 million persons (1993–94 survey).1 In 1995, there were an estimated 1.8 million emergency department visits for treatment of acute asthma.1 Office visits for asthma have more than doubled in the past 20 years.1 Estimated costs of asthma management exceed $5 billion per year, with half of all costs used for acute exacerbations that are managed in the hospital setting.23 With this type of expenditure for asthma, why are so many of our patients not doing well?


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