Features of asthma in older adults

Academic Article


  • A study compared clinical and functional features of elderly patients with asthma to younger patients at a university medical center. Older patients had a larger than predicted reduction in pulmonary function parameters even though physician-assessed severity, duration of diagnosed asthma, and smoking status were no different between groups. A significant increase in the comorbid diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was noted in older patients with asthma. These two points support the hypothesis that long-standing asthma may lead to irreversible airflow obstruction. Older patients reported better medication compliance and decreases in some respiratory symptoms and demonstrated lower health care utilization. © 1992 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.
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  • Journal of Asthma  Journal
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    Author List

  • Bailey WC; Richards JM; Michael Brooks C; Soong SJ; Lynne Brannen A
  • Start Page

  • 21
  • End Page

  • 28
  • Volume

  • 29
  • Issue

  • 1