Many asthma exacerbations could be prevented.
This programme of work is looking at factors that might trigger an exacerbation and if we can predict individuals at risk.
Despite the availability of effective treatments, people with asthma suffer unnecessary symptoms including exacerbations and hospitalisations. Up to 75% of emergency hospital admissions are preventable with better management and support.
Being hospitalised because of asthma can be a devastating experience for patients and their families so it is important people understand their asthma and that their exacerbation risk is reduced through support from healthcare professionals.
We aim to reduce asthma exacerbations in order to keep people out of hospital and prevent asthma deaths.
These interventions will include new immunisation strategies (e.g. flu immunisation for all children), vitamin D supplementation, personal air monitors.
The following students are working on projects as part of the 'Reducing exacerbations and preventing deaths' programme.