Are pharmacological randomised controlled clinical trials relevant to real-life asthma populations? A protocol for an UNLOCK study from the IPCRG

Post date: Apr 16, 2016 7:22:02 AM

Karin Lisspers, Pedro Teixeira, Coert Blom, Janwillem Kocks, Björn Ställberg, David Price & Niels Chavannes

Karin Lisspers, Pedro Teixeira, Coert Blom, Janwillem Kocks, Björn Ställberg, David Price & Niels Chavannes The aim of this study is to determine whether the inclusion criteria for patients with asthma in the major RTCs supporting GINA guidelines are representative of real-life primary care populations with asthma. The study will address the following research questions:

1. What proportion of patients in primary care would be eligible for the major RCTs assessing patients at treatment step two heading for step three?

2. What are the clinical characteristics of these patients when compared with participants in major RCT studies?

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