Date of Award
Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Education
Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes airway inflammation and narrowing which leads to symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and dyspnea.1 In 2017 it was estimated that 25.1 million Americans had asthma, including 6.1 million children and 19 million adults.2 From 2008-2013 the average cost of asthma in the United States (US) was $81.9 billion a year, this includes medical costs, lost days of work, and lost days of school.1 Asthma is often a result of environmental triggers both children and adults experience throughout their day. The consequences of asthma have been studied at great lengths in both children and adults, specifically adults experiencing occupational asthma (OA). However, there have been no comparisons between these two groups with regards to reduction of symptoms after removal of environmental factors. With the economic burden of asthma in the US, asthma treatment should focus on limiting environmental triggers rather than only treating asthma symptoms.
Wong, Brandon, "A Comparison: Symptomatic Improvement of Childhood Asthma versus Occupational Asthma after Removal of Causative Agents" (2020). Physician's Assistant Program Capstones. 85.