About the Project

This project will investigate socioeconomic disparities in asthma, COPD and interstitial lung disease healthcare outcomes in Northern Ireland, and assess potential disparities in asthma biologic prescription rates across the UK.

It builds on existing infrastructure in Northern Ireland and will create new linked datasets within the UK.

It will address a significant research gap among all patients with respiratory disease and aims to explore whether there are disparities in who is referred to asthma specialists.

This is important as these doctors can prescribe biologic therapies, which have been shown to be highly effective in reducing asthma symptoms and flare-ups.

The benefits of these biologic therapies in reducing corticosteroid medication side-effects will be investigated, helping answer the question of whether patients with poorly controlled asthma should be offered biologic therapy at an earlier stage in their treatment pathway.

After exploring these issues in Northern Ireland the project will replicate the analysis in England.

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