Regular Use of Inhalers Reduces Hospital Admission

Published Online: Friday, November 1, 2002

Regular use of inhaled corticosteroids can reduce the rate of hospital admissions for asthma by approximately one third, according to data published in Thorax. The researchers examined data from 2 population-based cohorts involving a total of 30,569 asthma patients ages 5 to 44 years between 1975 and 1991. Regular use of inhaled corticosteroids was linked to a 31% decrease in the rate of hospital admission for asthma and a 39% decrease in the rate of readmission.

Furthermore, the researchers estimated that regular use of inhaled cortico-steroids could prevent 5 hospital admissions and 27 readmissions per 1000 people per year.

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