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Changes in asthma mortality in England and Wales since 2001
  1. Dominick E Shaw1,
  2. Catherine M Gaynor2,
  3. Andrew W Fogarty3
  1. 1 Division of Respiratory Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2 Department of Geriatric Medicine, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  3. 3 Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Prof Dominick E Shaw, Nottingham University, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK;{at}


The number of deaths from asthma in England and Wales has not changed significantly over the last decade. This lack of improvement has received attention from both national asthma guidelines and the media. We examined asthma death data from the Office for National Statistics, stratified by age band. Every 5-year age band below the age of 80 years has seen a large reduction in mortality between 2001 and 2017, whereas numbers of asthma deaths have increased by 81% for people aged 80 years or above. This increase in older people dying from asthma requires explanation.

  • Asthma
  • Asthma Epidemiology
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  • Contributors DES initiated the project, wrote the manuscript and acts as guarantor. AWF helped to analyse the data and contributed to the manuscript. CMG contributed to the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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