Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia
Print version ISSN 1806-3713
AMARAL, Lígia Menezes do; PALMA, Pamella Valente and LEITE, Isabel Cristina Gonçalves. Evolution of public policies and programs for asthma control in Brazil from the perspective of consensus guidelines. J. bras. pneumol. [online]. 2012, vol.38, n.4, pp. 518-525. ISSN 1806-3713. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-37132012000400015.
There is much discussion about effective public policies that allow the proper treatment of asthma, providing care that is comprehensive and centered on asthma patients within their social context. Educating health professionals and asthma patients provides better recognition of symptoms and the triggers of asthma exacerbations, as well as disseminating strategies for avoiding such triggers, thereby ensuring better treatment and quality of life for asthma patients. Asthma imposes an ever-increasing burden on society, in terms of impaired quality of life, morbidity, and health care costs, making this a very important discussion in the field of public policy.
Keywords : Health policy; Asthma; Consensus.