Asthma Week

HomePatientsLung Disease Week at the ATS2015 ▶ Asthma Week
Asthma Week

Asthma Week

Welcome Message

Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways. It affects more than 20 million people in the United States and 300 million worldwide. The prevalence of this disease has been increasing since the 1980s across all age, sex and racial groups. In 2011 alone, asthma was responsible for 1.8 million emergency room visits and 14.2 million physician office visits. Children account for about 30% of the cases and asthma is leading reason for missed school days. The disease leads to more than 15 million missed yearly work days and overall costs the United States more than $50 billion each year. Hence, asthma continues to be a serious health and economic concern in the United States.

Asthma does not have a cure but there have been significant advances in the treatment of the disease. With adequate knowledge and appropriate medical care, the disease can be well controlled. Disease recognition and diagnosis, preventive measures to avoid triggers and medical therapeutics are equally important in management. The ATS acknowledges the need for education and information dissemination to patients with asthma, their families and their health care providers.  In 2014, the ATS partnered with the European Respiratory Society on a Clinical Practice Guideline for the care of the patient with severe asthma. The guideline, along with a clinical practice summary and maintenance of certification module were published that year in ATS journals, and a symposium on the topic was presented at the International Conference in 2014. These can be accessed through the ATS store. Along with its PAR partnership with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the ATS is committed to ongoing research, patient education and improving quality of life for patients with asthma.

 

Carey Thomson, MD, MPH

Carey Thomson, MD, MPH
Director, Pulmonary Consultants; Associate Director of Critical Care Services
Mt. Auburn Hospital  Cambridge - Harvard Medical School
Member, ATS Board of Directors

Cary Sennett, MD, PhD

Cary Sennett, MD, PhD
AAFA President & CEO
Member, ATS Public Advisory Roundtable

 

image

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, and the oldest asthma and allergy patient group in the world. AAFA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy and research.