Define Your Asthma Rights

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GLOBAL ALLERGY & ASTHMA PATIENT PLATFORM

Welcome to your asthma rights information center. Our goal is to help patients and their families through their journey
with severe asthma. We are a global community to elevate the patient voice in programs & policy.

AN ESTIMATED 334 MILLION PEOPLE ARE LIVING WITH ASTHMA WORLDWIDE

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70% OF PATIENTS COMPROMISE
THEIR DAILY ACTIVITIES TO
ACCOMMODATE SEVERE ASTHMA

5-10_percent

5-10% OF ALL ASTHMA
PATIENTS ARE AFFECTED
BY SEVERE ASTHMA

5times

IT IS 5 TIMES MORE
EXPENSIVE TO TREAT
SEVERE ASTHMA

WHAT IS SEVERE ASTHMA?

Severe asthma is a life-threatening condition that can affect your entire life by forcing you to make unwanted changes to 
your daily activities. If you have severe asthma, you will experience a frequent and severe worsening of asthma symptoms 
(asthma attacks/flare-ups) despite taking multiple high-dose inhalers. These attacks or flare-ups often occur more 
than once per year and require steroid tablets or use of emergency services or hospitalization.


WHAT NEXT?

If you think you might have severe asthma, you should see your doctor. They may refer you to a specialist. A specialist may 
run some tests to see if you have severe asthma. If you have severe asthma, your doctor or specialist may be able to 
help you reduce your symptoms and improve your life.

6 GUIDING PRINCIPLES

These principles set out to define what patients should expect for the management of their severe asthma and what should constitute a basic standard of care, in line with the latest science and best practice understanding from existing severe asthma care services.

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I DESERVE

a timely, straight forward referral when my severe asthma cannot be managed in primary care.

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I DESERVE

a timely, formal diagnosis of my severe asthma by an expert team.

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I DESERVE

support to understand my type of severe asthma.

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I DESERVE

care that reduces the impact of severe asthma on my daily life and improves my overall quality of care.

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I DESERVE

not to be reliant on oral corticosteroids.

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I DESERVE

to access consistent quality care, regardless of where I live or where I choose to access it.

These guiding principles are from our Charter to Improve Patient Care in Severe Asthma.

To locate GAAPP Member Organizations in your local community, click on your country.

If you would like to learn more about specific GAAPP Member Organizations, visit our member organization page.