"AIM"ING FOR BETTER ASTHMA CARE

Asthma Insight and Management (AIM) Survey Reveals Unmet Needs in Current Asthma Care in the United States

Asthma is a chronic condition affecting more than 22 million adults and children in the United States, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. In the past year, an estimated more than one million patients were hospitalized and nearly three million visited emergency rooms in the United States as a result of asthma. This estimate is from Asthma Insight and Management (AIM), a survey of 2,500 patients, 1,004 healthy adults and 309 physicians in the United States. AIM was conducted to provide a benchmark on progress in asthma care since the last landmark survey in the U.S., Asthma in America (AIA), conducted in 1998.

Results of AIM reveal that while there have been incremental declines in emergency room visits and the number of patients reporting missed work or school days due to asthma, there have been no improvements in hospitalizations or other unscheduled emergency visits for asthma over the past decade. AIM results also demonstrate that asthma has a significant impact on patients' daily lives, causing frequent interruptions and restricting daily activities. In the AIM survey, compared to adults without asthma, adults with asthma took more than three times as many sick days, and had to limit their daily activities more than twice as often in the past year. In addition, AIM shows a growing disconnect between physicians and patients in terms of asthma severity and appropriate management, which suggests too many patients may simply be accepting a high burden of asthma symptoms.

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NEWS: New Asthma Survey Shows Limited Progress Made in Asthma Care over Past 10 Years

FORMAT: B-roll and Soundbites

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    SOUNDBITES:
    * Stuart W. Stoloff, M.D., clinical professor in the Department of Family
      and Community Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine,
      Carson City, Nevada
    * Ana Fernandez, patient with asthma

    B-ROLL INCLUDES:
    * Doctor/Patient Interaction
    * Asthma Patient coughing, breathing into peak flow meter, using inhaler
    * Emergency/Hospital Footage

VIDEO PROVIDED BY: Schering Corporation

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