Bronchial asthma in Israel

Shabtai Varsano*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Asthma in Israel is a growing medical problem, affecting at least 7% of children and 3.7% of the total population. Mortality rates in the age group 5-34 years were on a rise between 1976 and 1990 but show a marked decrease in recent years, perhaps due to the sharp increase in sales of inhaled corticosteroids. There is also a recent indication that the relatively high crude mortality rate among women is declining (from 3.68 and 4.58 per 100,000 population in 1995 and 1996 respectively, to 3.58 per 100,000 in 1997). In spite of better asthma education and management there is still a gap between available medical knowledge and medical therapy and its utilization for the benefit of the asthmatic population in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-663
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume4
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Education
  • Epidemiology
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality
  • Prevalence

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