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Introducing an international comparison of the quality of severe asthma care

Effective policy reforms rely on a robust evidence base to support increased awareness of issues and development of reform recommendations.

The London School of Economics (LSE), supported by AstraZeneca, has undertaken a comprehensive audit of how severe asthma is managed across ten countries in order to understand the performance of healthcare systems globally and identify key areas in need of quality improvement.

KEY FINDINGS

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The current data for assessing performance in severe asthma are scarce

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There are significant differences in clinical practices for severe asthma management both across and within countries

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Data on clinical and pharmacological management of severe asthma are not routinely available and, despite increased use of biologics, there are still significant gaps in patient care that are stalling improvements in patient outcomes

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The lack of quality of care standards, national strategies or plans specifically for severe asthma are a further obstacle to improving standards of care

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Significant variation exists across countries with regard to referral practices and times, and diagnostic pathways

RECOMMENDATIONS

THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR POLICY-MAKERS TO ENABLE BETTER DATA COLLECTION ON SEVERE ASTHMA ON A SYSTEMATIC AND CONSISTENT BASIS TO DRIVE PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

To do this, policy-makers must:

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Build strong technical infrastructure to collect meaningful data and information on treatment and care

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Design a system with effective communication and management to prompt the regular collection of data

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Identify and measure appropriate metrics and targets for disease-specific indicators

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Redefine the key goals of severe asthma management and care to prompt referral to specialist care and minimise adverse effects of treatments

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Perform regular and systematic assessments of asthma management, and care delivery to improve outcomes for people living with severe asthma

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Involve people living with severe asthma, physicians and other stakeholders in the assessment of care delivery to ensure requirements and experiences are reflected

READ THE AUDIT RESULTS

THE RESULTS OF THE SEVERE ASTHMA AUDIT ARE OUTLINED IN 2 WHITE PAPERS:

OUR FRAMEWORK FOR ASSESSING QUALITY CARE

Establishes a framework for assessing the quality of care across healthcare systems based on publicly available data in order to highlight existing gaps and effectively manage severe asthma

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FINDINGS FROM OUR CLINICAL SURVEY

Pragmatically seek to identify gaps in treatment using an international survey of clinicans, coupled with patient perspectives

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