3. Reducing exacerbations and preventing deaths

ARRISA-UK team

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.

Preventable symptoms

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.

What can we do?

We aim to reduce asthma exacerbations in order to keep people out of hospital and prevent asthma deaths.

  • Develop a validated exacerbation risk score

  • Evaluate at-risk registers in primary care

  • Evaluate interventions to reduce exacerbations

These interventions will include new immunisation strategies (e.g. flu immunisation for all children), vitamin D supplementation, personal air monitors.

Key People

Andrew Wilson Headshot
Andrew Wilson
Lead: Reduce Exacerbations
Gwyn Davies Headshot
Gwyn Davies
Lead: Postgraduate Training, Co-Lead: Reduce Exacerbations

PhD students

The following students are working on projects as part of the 'Reducing exacerbations and preventing deaths' programme.

 

Lee Koh Headshot
Lee Koh
PhD Student
Queen Mary University of London
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Ann McMurray Headshot
Ann McMurray
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
Adam Peel
Adam Peel
PhD Student
University of East Anglia
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Christos Stefanidis
Christos Stefanidis
PhD Student
Queen Mary University of London
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Eleftheria Vasileiou
Eleftheria Vasileiou
PhD Student
University of Edinburgh
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Charles Winn
Charles Winn
PhD Student
Swansea University
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Associated Projects

Project: ARRISA-UK

At-Risk Registers integrated into primary care to Stop Asthma crises in the UK | Professor Andrew Wilson

Project: SIVE II

Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness | PhD student - Eleftheria Vasileiou
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