Underdiagnosis and undertreatment of asthma: A 9-year study of Italian conscripts

Giorgio Ciprandi, Andrea Vizzaccaro, Ignazio Cirillo, Mariangela Tosca, Giovanni Passalacqua, Giorgio Walter Canonica

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Abstract

Background: During the last 20 years, the epidemiology of asthma has been investigated in various populations, thus providing interesting data including the accuracy of diagnosis and the adequacy of treatment. Methods: We studied for 9 years the epidemiological features of asthma in a homogeneous population of 18-year-old males referred to La Spezia Military Navy Hospital for a call-up visit (conscripts). Results: During the period of 1990-1998, 91,700 men were screened at their call-up visit; out of them 5,371 (7%) had asthma, but in 7.4% the disease had not been previously diagnosed. During the observation period there was a significant decrease of the level III severity of asthma, but about one quarter of the asthmatic subjects received no treatment at all. On the other hand, a significant increase in the prescription of inhaled steroids was observed. Conclusion: Despite educational efforts, a not negligible underdiagnosis and inadequate treatment of asthma in young adults still persist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-215
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Archives of Allergy and Immunology
Volume125
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Asthma
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Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Underdiagnosis
  • Undertreatment

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  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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Underdiagnosis and undertreatment of asthma : A 9-year study of Italian conscripts. / Ciprandi, Giorgio; Vizzaccaro, Andrea; Cirillo, Ignazio; Tosca, Mariangela; Passalacqua, Giovanni; Canonica, Giorgio Walter.

In: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, Vol. 125, No. 3, 2001, p. 211-215.

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Ciprandi, Giorgio ; Vizzaccaro, Andrea ; Cirillo, Ignazio ; Tosca, Mariangela ; Passalacqua, Giovanni ; Canonica, Giorgio Walter. / Underdiagnosis and undertreatment of asthma : A 9-year study of Italian conscripts. In: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology. 2001 ; Vol. 125, No. 3. pp. 211-215.
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