Young people at higher risk of asthma attacks, says Asthma UK

According to new research from Asthma UK, young people are at a higher risk of having an asthma attack than any other age group living with the condition.

The poll of over 10,000 people also found that young adults are twice as likely as people over 60 to need emergency care for the condition.

The survey also revealed that two thirds (67%) of young adults were not getting the basic asthma care that they needed.

Basic care includes having a written asthma plan, an annual review and an inhaler technique check.

  • More than a quarter (28%) of the young people in the survey said they did not attend their asthma review.
  • More than one in 10 (12%) said that their GP surgery was too busy, so they were unable to book a review.
  • More than half (57%) said they did not receive a reminder that their review was due.

The condition affects the lives of 5.4 million people across the UK.

Dr. Samantha Walker, Asthma UK’s director of research and policy, said:

Healthcare professionals need to make sure they are giving everyone with asthma guidelines-based basic care, and people with asthma of all ages should take responsibility for their own health by attending appointments and taking their medications as prescribed.


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BBC News. (2019). Young at higher risk of asthma attack, says charity. Accessible: Last Accessed: 23 January 2019.