Annual Asthma Survey

Every day, the lives of three families are devastated by the death of a loved one from an asthma attack, and tragically two of these could have been prevented with better basic care.

Asthma affects the lives of 5.4 million people across the UK. We wanted to know more about the impact of asthma and the care you received for your asthma.

We have now completed and analysed the 2016 Annual Survey. We found that asthma has a huge impact on the lives of people with asthma, and that two thirds of people are still not receiving basic care for their asthma. The full report is available for you to download below.

Asthma Care Survey Report 2017 - front cover

Annual Asthma Survey 2016 report

The full Annual Asthma Survey report is available for you to download.

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This year’s survey included new questions on the impact of asthma on your free time, work and education and prescription charges. We also repeated questions asking you about the care you received for your asthma.

Some key findings from the survey include:

Does asthma have an impact on your free time?

Does asthma have an impact on your free time?

Nearly a third of people said their asthma symptoms prevented them from doing the things they wanted in their spare time. 

Is there an impact of paying for your prescription?

Is there an impact of paying for your prescription?

For people with asthma who pay for their prescription, 64% said paying for their prescription had an impact on pursuing and paying for other activities in their lives.

Does asthma have an impact on your career or education?

Does asthma have an impact on your career and/or education?

For 26% of people surveyed, their asthma affected their ability to work or study. 

Days of education or work missed due to asthma

Days of education or work missed due to asthma

More than a quarter of people said that they had missed more than a week of work or education in the past year due to their asthma.

Percentage of respondents receiving basic asthma care across the UK

Measures of basic care for people with asthma have improved on last year’s results. But two thirds of people with asthma are still not receiving the care they need to manage their asthma.

The 2016 report highlights the direct link between good management of your asthma symptoms, keeping your asthma under control, and your quality of life. You will find out the steps you can take to make sure that asthma does not rule your life and read case studies of people taking control of their asthma and being able to get on with their lives.