Asthma is a major public health concern that affects more than 25 million people in the United States. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports clinical research to understand what causes asthma and to develop new ways to treat and prevent the disease. However, past and current asthma clinical research studies have lacked a common set of outcomes with standardized definitions and data-collection methods.
Recognizing the need for consensus across asthma clinical studies, several NIH Institutes, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Merck Childhood Asthma Network convened an Asthma Outcomes Workshop on March 15 and 16, 2010.
The goals of the workshop were to develop standardized definitions and data-collection methods for specific outcomes for asthma clinical studies and to identify promising outcome measures for development and validation.
These standardized outcomes will permit useful comparisons across interventional or observational clinical trials and genome-wide studies. They also will allow for greater data sharing and analysis.
Read the FAQ for People with Asthma About the Asthma Outcomes Report.
View the Standardizing Asthma Outcomes in Clinical Research: Report of the Asthma Outcomes Workshop at the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Read about how the report was developed and a summary of the key recommendations.
Last Updated March 01, 2012
Last Reviewed February 07, 2012