Study: Asthma sufferers who delay care often wind up in the emergency room

In a study published in the February 2006 edition of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, states that significant number of asthma sufferers wind up in the emergency room for treatment because delays such as cost or insurance coverage prevented them from getting earlier needed care. Researchers found that while adults who delayed care and had daily or weekly asthma symptoms were most likely to visit the emergency room, these types of delays were also related to emergency room visits for those with less frequent symptoms as well. Researchers studied 4,359 non-elderly adults who reported being diagnosed as having asthma and experiencing symptoms in the past year. Using data from the 2001 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), they examined emergency room visits in the previous 12 months among those adult respondents with asthma. To view the abstract of the study visit //caliban.annallergy.org/vl=6500425/cl=11/nw=1/rpsv/cw/acaai/10811206/v96n2/s9/p291. For the full press release on the study visit //www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/news_02222006.html.

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