Asthma Across the Ages: Adults

Paula J. Busse, Vanessa M. McDonald, Juan P. Wisnivesky, Peter G. Gibson

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Asthma is a common disease affecting approximately 300 million people worldwide, across all age ranges. Despite advances in asthma outcomes of the last few decades, there remains room for improvement in asthma management and for patient outcomes, particularly in older patients. The heterogeneity of asthma is now well recognized, and is known to complicate response to treatment and patient behavior and impact health outcomes. Asthma and its heterogeneity change according to age. Asthma affects people differently across the life span. In adults, prevalence is highest among those in middle age; however, mortality is greater in the older age group. In this clinical commentary, we describe how age impacts asthma prevalence and incidence, outcomes, disease expression, and approach to management in adulthood and in older patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1828-1838
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2020


  • Aging
  • Asthma
  • Management


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