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The World in Medicine
June 14, 2000

Asthma Care in Canada

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JAMA. 2000;283(22):2923. doi:10.1001/jama.283.22.2923-JWM00004-2-1

A large proportion of Canadians with asthma do not receive medical care that meets national standards, according to a new study.

During last month's American Thoracic Society meeting in Toronto, researchers from the University of Toronto discussed results from a survey of 266 primary care physicians and 1001 adults who either had asthma or were parents of children with asthma. The survey showed that 57% of patients have asthma that is poorly controlled, even though 91% said they thought their illness was well managed. Among the physicians, 77% thought their patients' asthma was properly controlled.

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