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New tool brings together information to tackle asthma

A new tool has been launched by Public Health England’s INHALE, a website set up to provide data on lung conditions in England.

Child being shown how to use volumatic inhaler for asthma
Child being shown how to use volumatic inhaler for asthma

In England today 1 in 14 people have asthma. Despite this, considerable variation in care quality exists that results in major differences in the way patients are diagnosed and treated. It is crucial that respiratory services are commissioned on the basis of need and that commissioning decisions are based on robust, reliable information. This new tool pulls together national asthma data into a single source for the first time.

Pesh Doubleday, Programme Manager at Public Health England said:

INHALE has for the first time drawn together national data on asthma outcomes into one place to provide clinicians and commissioners a one-stop portal for accessing actionable reliable data on asthma outcomes in England.

Emily Humphreys, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Asthma UK said:

It’s great to see the publication of more information about asthma care and outcomes around the country. As well as giving us a fascinating insight, we’re hoping this will really help clinical commissioning groups to understand the outcomes of asthma care in their area and make sure everyone with asthma is getting support they need to prevent asthma attacks.

This new asthma data tool complements the respiratory data tool which was released in February 2013.

Access the asthma data tool

Published 13 May 2013