ATS.2021: Study Finds Odds of Uncontrolled Asthma Increase with Higher Pandemic-related Stress

Grace Halsey

ATS.2021: Odds of uncontrolled asthma in response to pandemic-related stress increased in a significant dose-response manner among adult respondents to a new survey.

Among adults with asthma reporting the impact of COVID-19-related stress, more than half experienced an asthma exacerbation since the pandemic began and just under half reported uncontrolled asthma, according to a new study.

Authors of the study, presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference, held virtually May 14-19, 2021, say the significant dose-response relationship they observed should prompt health care professionals to assess patients with asthma for potential emotional distress and to provide mental health care or referrals.

Here are the study details, at-a-glance.

The study abstract, "COVID-19-related stress and uncontrolled asthma among adults," also appears in the Online Abstracts issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.