Our publications

Severe asthma - Action is urgently needed to improve the prospects for people with this complex condition. The report reveals the devastating impact severe asthma has on people and the challenges in identifying and treating it. But it also highlights the opportunities for researchers and research funders to help find new treatments to help tackle this unmet need.

Smart asthma - Connected devices have the potential to transform asthma care. This report considers the implementation of these devices in the UK, with a specific focus on smart inhalers. It highlights not only the opportunities smart inhalers could bring, but also the problems that could emerge if implementation is not carefully planned - and the research gaps that still need to be addressed for these devices to have the maximum benefit for people with asthma.

Connected asthma - As technology develops we are beginning to modernise how we approach long-term conditions. This report highlights how asthma is ideally placed to be transformed by technology, considers some of the developing innovations, and issues recommendations to make technology-enabled asthma management a reality.

National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) - The National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) is the first UK wide investigation into asthma deaths. The report, published by the Royal College of Physicians, looked at deaths from asthma between 1 February 2012 and 31 January 2013 in the UK. Asthma UK contributed to this significant report.

Reducing prescribing errors in asthma care - Following the National Review of Asthma Deaths in 2014, in which prescribing errors were identified as a particular issue, this report looks specifically at prescribing errors. The report analyses data from over 500 UK GP practices.

Annual Asthma Survey - Asthma UK wanted to know whether the care that people were receiving for their asthma matched up to the standards they should expect. We launched our first Annual Asthma Survey in 2013 and asked people to tell us about their care.

Our reports show that worryingly low number of people are receiving care that fully meets standards and some simple but effective aspects of care that could help prevent asthma attacks are not being met. The 2018 edition focussed on asthma attacks and how young people are receiving the worst level of basic care.