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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 5:27 pm 
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Data Presented at ACAAI Show Patients with Uncontrolled Asthma Cope with
Disease Impact on Daily Life

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A survey of more than 1,300
asthma patients found that the majority of respondents (61 percent) had
uncontrolled asthma based on their Asthma Control Test (ACT) score, and
nearly one-third (29 percent) of those were not aware that their asthma was
uncontrolled. Uncontrolled asthma may place patients at risk for increased
symptoms, sudden attacks, hospitalization and even death from asthma.
The survey used the ACT, a clinically validated, patient-administered
asthma assessment tool, to evaluate respondents' level of asthma control.
The ACT is a five-item questionnaire which gives physicians and patients a
simple yet predictive tool they can use to help assess asthma control. The
findings were presented today at the annual meeting of the American College
of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).
"This survey reinforces that too many patients don't have their asthma
under control and need to communicate with their doctor more clearly about
how their asthma is affecting them," said Dr. Michael LeNoir, leading
allergist and Vice-Speaker, House of Delegates, National Medical
Association and Chairperson of the Asthma and Allergy Initiative. "I find
the ACT provides a good starting point for a valuable dialogue with my
patients about their asthma symptoms -- which helps ensure that my patients
are on an effective asthma treatment plan."
Answers to the ACT provide asthma patients a score that may help them
and their doctor determine if their current treatment plan is working. The
five questions included in the ACT are based on measures of asthma control
established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The NIH Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma recommend
the development of an individualized treatment plan for asthma patients
aimed at minimizing symptoms, reducing use of quick-relief medicine (e.g.
short- acting beta-agonists like albuterol), reducing limitations at work
and in other physical activity, preventing the occurrence of acute attacks
and preventing the need for emergency treatment and hospitalization.
This survey revealed that the majority of asthma patients are not
meeting NIH goals, and that more than half (61 percent) are not well
controlled on current therapies.

The Asthma Control Test
The ACT is a validated, convenient, and easy-to-use patient-based tool
that helps provide a reliable assessment of a patient's asthma control.
Answers to the ACT provide asthma patients a score that may help them and
their doctor determine if their current treatment plan is working. The
total ACT score is based on a range of 5 to 25. A score of 19 or less may
be an indication that asthma symptoms are not under control. If a patient
scores 19 or less, they should make an appointment with their doctor to
discuss their ACT results and ensure they are properly controlling asthma
symptoms. After taking the ACT, all patients should discuss asthma control
and the goals of asthma therapy with their doctor to be certain that their
individual goals of therapy are established and achieved.
The ACT is available online at

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