In honor of Asthma Awareness Month, GSK released data from a new national survey, The State of Uncontrolled Asthma in America, which was funded and developed by GSK and conducted online by Kelton Global.
More than 1,000 uncontrolled asthma patients were surveyed and those who scored 5-19 on the Asthma Control Test (ACT) were considered to be “uncontrolled.” The survey data provides a clearer view of how uncontrolled asthma patients in the US perceive and manage their condition.
The findings show more than two-thirds (67%) of adults with uncontrolled asthma in the US are living with the misperception that their condition is under control. This may suggest that patients with uncontrolled asthma have a false sense of confidence in managing their condition.
The survey data also suggest uncontrolled asthma patients are overconfident about their asthma control, which may be driving repeated symptoms, and doctor, emergency room and urgent care visits.
While many uncontrolled asthma patients try to proactively manage their condition with medication and trigger avoidance, nearly three in four (74%) experience symptoms multiple times a week – suggesting these patients do not have the correct or necessary tools to be effectively engaged in the management of their disease. In fact, one in five (20%) uncontrolled asthma patients in the survey visited an emergency room or urgent care facility in the last 12 months.
Uncontrolled asthma keeps many patients from living a full life, interfering with daily activities like exercise, sleep, work, social life and overall life enjoyment. 70% of uncontrolled asthma patients who believe their asthma is under control say their condition holds them back from doing things they’d like to do.
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