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Paediatric asthma hospitalisations continue to decrease in Finland and Sweden between 2015 and 2020
  1. Juho E Kivistö1,2,3,
  2. Jennifer L P Protudjer4,5,6,7,8,
  3. Jussi Karjalainen1,2,
  4. Anna Bergström9,
  5. Heini Huhtala10,
  6. Matti Korppi3,
  7. Erik Melén11
  1. 1Allergy Centre, Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland
  2. 2Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
  3. 3Tampere Center for Child Health Research, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
  4. 4Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  5. 5Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  6. 6The Children’s Hospital Research, Institute of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  7. 7George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  8. 8Centre for Allergy Research, KarolinskaInstitutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  9. 9Institute of Environmental Medicine, KarolinskaInstitutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  10. 10Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
  11. 11Department of Clinical Science and Education Södersjukhuset, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Dr Juho E Kivistö, Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, 33520, Finland; juho.kivisto{at}tuni.fi

Abstract

We previously reported a decreasing incidence of paediatric asthma hospitalisations in Finland, but a rather stable trend in Sweden, between 2005 and 2014. We now aimed to investigate the incidence of paediatric asthma hospitalisations in these countries between 2015 and 2020, using Finland’s National Hospital Discharge Register and Sweden’s National Patient Register, which cover all hospitalisations in the respective countries. From 2015 to 2019, the incidence of paediatric asthma hospitalisations decreased by 36.7% in Finland and by 39.9% in Sweden and are increasingly approaching parity. In 2020, despite differences in COVID-19-related restrictions, asthma hospitalisations decreased by over 40%, thus warranting future research on the subject.

  • Asthma
  • Asthma Epidemiology

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  • Contributors JEK conceptualised and designed the study, designed the data collection instruments, carried out the analyses and drafted the initial manuscript, and approved the final manuscript as submitted. JLPP and AB conceptualised the study, designed the data collection instruments, reviewed and revised the manuscript, and approved the final manuscript as submitted. JK conceptualised the study, reviewed and revised the manuscript, and approved the final manuscript as submitted. MK and EM conceptualised and designed the study, reviewed and revised the manuscript, and approved the final manuscript as submitted. HH conceptualised and designed the data collection instruments, carried out the analyses and approved the final manuscript as submitted.

  • Funding The project received funding from The Jalmari and Rauha Ahokas Foundation, Tampere Tuberculosis Foundation, Väinö and Laina Kivi Foundation, Foundation of the Finnish Anti-Tuberculosis Association and The Research Foundation of the Pulmonary Diseases.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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