The Life's Limitations of Uncontrolled Asthma in a Developing Country: Results of an Albanian Survey
Fatmira Xhixha#, 1, Enkeleda Gjata#, 2, Mirela Hitaj3, Alketa Hysni Bakiri4, Entela Hyso5, Alkerta Ibranji6, Kastriot Shytaj7, Arben Ndreu8, Bashkim Resuli9, Ervin Cerciz Mingomataj*, 6, 7
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2013
First Page: 1
Last Page: 8
Publisher Id: TOALLJ-6-1
Article History:Received Date: 29/12/2012
Revision Received Date: 29/1/2013
Acceptance Date: 29/1/2013
Electronic publication date: 18/3/2013
Collection year: 2013
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Studies conducted across Western Europe reported that bronchial asthma (BA) has an important impact on patients' lives quality. We present Albanian asthmatic patients’ views based on the questionnaire generated from the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Associations (EFA).
Materials and methodology:
In this study participated 145 Caucasian patients consecutively and prospectively diagnosed with BA.
The vast majority of patients reported lifestyle' limitations because of uncontrolled BA, three-fourth of them reported restriction of physical activity, and 20% felt their professional perspectives were limited. Additionally, up to 80% of the subjects were not optimistic about achieving the guideline goals but they were optimistic regarding the availability of more qualitative medicines and improvement of healthcare level over the next years. Our patients indicated that optimal treatments should be fast-acting and long-lasting, should be working immediately and should stop the symptoms completely.
These results demonstrate the high impact of uncontrolled asthma, despite its severity, on .patients’ lives in a developing country.