Over 30 million Americans are suffering from asthma. It is the most common chronic disease among children, particularly minority children. While asthma has become an inherently treatable disease, actual treatment continues to fall short of recommended care. Many asthma attacks could be avoided, and much suffering prevented, if nationally accepted treatment guidelines were consistently followed. This report informs the debate about better ways to care for asthma by synthesizing the research on the cost and benefits of better asthma care. While the researchers could not obtain reasonable estimates of the costs or benefits of care, they found that there were substantial gaps in the quality of asthma care and that disadvantaged populations appear to receive worse care. More economic evaluation of the impact of these gaps and of interventions to improve asthma control is needed; such research should use standard definitions to allow comparison across studies and aggregation of data.
Table of Contents
Assessment Of The Evidence Base
Analysis of Selected Endpoints
Asthma Quality of Care — Search Methodologies
Literature Search Websites
Articles Included in the review