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EFA Member the Asthma Society of Ireland FREE Adviceline service has showed extensive positive impacts for service users. The recent partnership research showed that 70% of service users aged 50 years and under found the Adviceline service helped them to avoid missing work or school because of their asthma. The research also highlighted that 56% of callers did not have a self-management plan for their asthma but subsequently drew one up and used it after their Adviceline call.

There are 470,000 people with asthma in Ireland and research shows that 60% of Irish asthmatics do not have their asthma under control.

Commenting on the successful HSE partnership with the Adviceline service, Shirley Keane from the HSE said: “For many people, asthma is a challenging condition to manage. Children miss an average of 10 days at school each year due to asthma. Our research shows that the Adviceline service helps 70% of callers aged 50 years and under to avoid missing school or work due to their asthma. I would encourage all asthmatics or their carers to use the free Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64.”

New Asthma Society CEO, Sarah O’Connor said of the Adviceline service “We want to encourage more people to avail of the free Adviceline service so that people with asthma feel well, keep their asthma under control, and lead the fullest life, symptom-free.”

For more information please visit: https://www.asthma.ie/news