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October 4, 1995

Inner-city Asthma Control Campaign Under Way

JAMA. 1995;274(13):1004. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530130010003

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THE NATIONAL Medical Association (NMA) is making a major effort to combat asthma in the areas and populations where the disease has its greatest impact—minority groups in the inner city.

For several years, alarmed by increasing morbidity and mortality from asthma, government and private groups have been sounding warnings, urging that the problem receive wider attention. For example, the situation prompted the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health to issue in January 1991 a complete set of guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma.

In 1993, a 15-member coalition of physicians, nurses, and representatives from lay groups called the Asthma Zero Mortality Coalition, was formed to address the problem of asthma morbidity and mortality and to publicize and distribute educational materials. Its goal is to reduce deaths from asthma to zero by the year 2000.

Last year, the Asthma Coalition began a

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