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Patient perceptions of asthma control

Patients often think of their asthma as controlled,1 but they may be compensating for their symptoms with lifestyle adjustments

An estimated 71% of patients with asthma remain uncontrolled despite treatment.2

The problem lies with many asthma patients overperceiving their level of asthma control when, upon deeper discussion, their symptoms often turn out to be frequent and regular.1

When asked ‘overall, how would you describe the control you generally have over your asthma?’,

Asthma control percentage result

When asked ‘and how satisfied or unsatisfied would you say you are with the level of control you currently have over your asthma?’,

Asthma control percentage result
 Asthma symptoms percentage result

Day-time symptoms were defined as any asthma-related symptoms during the day time

Night-time symptoms were defined as waking up at night or difficulty sleeping

These graphs have been independently created by GSK from the original data.
The same results were first published in Fletcher M, Hiles D. Prim Care Respir J 2013;22:431–438.

Meet the patients

Oscar and Paula are patients with asthma that is not well controlled. See below how they perceive their symptoms and adjust their lifestyles to compensate for their condition.

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Hypothetical patient used for illustrative purposes

“I’m fine. I still go out with my friends. It’s just that often I have to go home early, because I get tired from waking up some nights short of breath.”

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According to GINA,3 Paula is partially controlled, with two night-time awakenings in the past month.

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Hypothetical patient used for illustrative purposes

“I think I’m okay. I keep active, but I guess I don’t exercise as much as I used to… and I tend to take the lift instead of the stairs. I just hate having to interrupt what I’m doing to take my reliever all the time.”

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According to GINA,3 Oscar has uncontrolled asthma: in the last month he has been avoiding physical activity, and has been using his reliever 3 times a week because of his day-time symptoms.

See how GINA defines asthma control here.

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GINA, Global Initiative for Asthma.

  1. Fletcher M, Hiles D. Prim Care Respir J 2013;22:431–438.
  2. Woodcock A, et al. Lancet 2017;290:2247–2255.
  3. GINA. Global strategy for asthma management and prevention. Available at: Accessed January 2024.
  4. Bardsley G, et al. Respir Res 2018;19:133.

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