What is it about?
Severe asthma is a very serious condition with a large impact on the life of patients. Researchers from different countries in Europe have systematically collected data from severe asthma patients in registries. This study was set up to provide an overview of what data is currently collected in those registries and to show what differences exist between patients with severe asthma in different countries in Europe. We found that many differences exist between the characteristics of patients in different European countries. We also found that treatment of patients with severe asthma is different across European countries.
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Why is it important?
Much is still unknown about severe asthma and it seems to be a very complex disease. The current study can help to provide a view on what is considered severe asthma in different countries in Europe. This is important to provide new insights in what is necessary for doing research in a large scale registry across European countries and, in addition, to make sure that registries across Europe use the same standards and definitions.
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This page is a summary of: Characteristics and treatment regimens across ERS SHARP severe asthma registries, European Respiratory Journal, October 2019, European Respiratory Society (ERS), DOI: 10.1183/13993003.01163-2019.
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