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Chronic Respiratory Disorders Create Significant Health Care Burden

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2015-08-19 11:15:53

Chronic Respiratory Disorders (CRDs), including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and chronic bronchitis create a significant health care burden in India, yet these diseases are largely preventable. Understanding and preventing risk factors that can lead to CRDs, and educating both clinicians and patients can help decrease the global burden of disease and improve patient care.

Key Point: See the questions below to ask your patients to better assess the risk factors contributing to CRD and help them with the preventative process to avoid the disease altogether.

Chronic Respiratory Disorders (CRDs), including 

CRD risk factors to ask your patients about are:

  • Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
  • Do you use biofuel to heat or cook with (wood, cow dung or crop residues)?
  • Have you or a first degree relative ever been diagnosed with asthma?
  • During the last 12 months have you had wheezing or whistling breath?

Using 2011 census data, an Indian study by S.K. Jindal estimated the national burden of asthma in adults as 17.23 million and 14.84 million for chronic bronchitis. Jindal’s study used the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease’s 1984 questionnaire to estimate the nationwide prevalence and risk factors contributing to respiratory disease in adults in 12 different districts throughout India.

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