Annual Asthma Survey 2018

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. Every year, we run an Annual Survey to find out about your experiences of living with asthma and the quality of care you receive. 

In the 2017 edition of the Annual Survey, we found that two thirds of people are still not receiving basic care for their asthma, and that there are differing levels of care across the UK. 

We have now closed the 2018 edition of the Annual Asthma Survey, and are analysing the results. We expect to publish the survey findings in early 2019.

Annual Asthma Survey 2017 report

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

Download PDF

This year’s report included new questions on your asthma triggers, and the use of technology in your asthma and health management. We also repeated questions about the care you received for your asthma.

Some key findings from the survey include:

WHAT TRIGGERS YOUR ASTHMA?

You told us that colds and flu were the most common asthma trigger

ARE THERE DIFFERENCES IN CARE LEVELS ACROSS THE GENERATIONS?

People with asthma aged 18-29 receive the lowest levels of basic care, while those aged 70-79 receive the highest level

DID YOU RECEIVE APPROPRIATE FOLLOW UP TREATMENT?

Less than a third of people who had been admitted to hospital for their asthma received the appropriate follow up care

WHAT TECHNOLOGY DO YOU USE IN YOUR HEALTHCARE?

Over a quarter of you told us that you used an app to track your health, used wearable devices and/or booked a GP appointment online

Measures of basic care for people with asthma have improved from last year, but two thirds of people are still not receiving the basic asthma care they need to stay out of hospital and get on with their lives. 

You can find out how basic asthma care varies across the UK by clicking through the maps below.