Is Asthma Serious ? The reality shows it… but the paradox is that we are not aware of it.

Asthme maladie grave, mais non perçue comme telle

A famous paradox : Magritte and his pipe !

Is asthma serious ? Yes ! Asthma is a serious condition, however it is not percieved as such. 
In this study that concerns 8000 patients in Europe, surprising numbers are opposed :

According to GINA (The Global Initiative for Asthma) criteria, 83 % of the patients suffering from asthma are not or partially controlled, 
9 patients out of 10 think their asthma is under control.

12 % of the patients were admitted at the hospital for asthma attack in the last 12 months,
84 % of the interviewed persons suffering from asthma think it is not really serious or even not serious at all.

1 patient out of 3 needed to stop going to work for at least 1 day because of his/her asthma condition in the last 12 months,
76 % of the patients do not feal really concerned about their condition.

50 % of the patients confess that they are not taking their treatment against asthma every day …
and we may ask ourselves : how many does not admit it ?!?

Source :
NPJ Prim Care Respir Med. 2014 Jun
Asthma control and management in 8,000 European patients: the REcognise Asthma and LInk to Symptoms and Experience (REALISE) survey.
Price D, Fletcher M, van der Molen T.