Difficult-to-Control Asthma in Adults

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Difficult-to-control asthma in adults is under-diagnosed and under-treated in the United States, particularly in those 40 years of age or older. Increasing attention has been focused on the subset of adult patients with poorly controlled asthma because they consume up to 85% of all health care dollars spent on asthma, while representing 20% of all asthma patients. In this article, we define difficult-to-control asthma and discuss the problem of misdiagnosis. We present an algorithm for confirming the diagnosis in these patients and highlight the importance of patient self-assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)760-763
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2007


  • Misdiagnosis
  • Refractory asthma
  • Severe asthma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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