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World Asthma Day Reports

I was intrigued looking at the comparative ""risk of admission"" rates for various parts of the UK,particularly as Cumbria is a ""red"" area: does this risk equate to actual numbers of admissions? and is the report trying to connect poor asthma management with the number of admissions or are there simply more asthma attacks occouring in these areas?-apologies if I have missed something in the report that clarifies this .


PS,hope nobody has to ""celebrate"" today!!

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Hi Bluejam,

I read it as based on numbers of admissions compared to total number of asthmatic in the region. But I could be wrong.

I think the main point they are trying got make is that deprivation does play a very important part.

I am a tertiary childrens respiratory nurse for patients from north west & east, which I think they are saying is the worst in the country?!?!? However, I would guess most of the numbers are patient coming from primary or secondary care & have not reached us yet. I hope anyway or I may go home now!!




Just thought I would clarify what the report is showing. It uses standardised admission rations (SAR). This assumes that given the population profile for each PCT in the UK, it would be expected that if all things were equal there would be an average SAR of 100 (across the country) - so the average for England is 100 (in the england report). So for Liverpool PCT with a SAR of 237, it is showing that it has a SAR 137% above what would be expected given the population profile for that PCT. It is not based on the number of asthmatics in a pct but the population as a whole.

hope this helps



Thanks for the replies-it sort of begs the question ;is this bad asthma care or could it be local environmental factors or a population more genetically disposed towards asthma problems?


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