The risk of case-fatality following hospitalisation for asthma has not been well characterised. We describe trends in 30 day case-fatality following hospitalisation for asthma in adults in Scotland from 1981 to 2009. Using the Scottish Morbidity Record Scheme (SMR01) with all asthma hospitalisations for adults (=18 years) with ICD9 493 and ICD10 J45-J46 in the principal diagnostic position at discharge (1981-2009). These data were linked to mortality data from the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS), with asthma case-fatality defined as death within 30 days of asthma admission (in or out of hospital).
Roberts, N., Lewsey, J. D., Gillies, M., Briggs, A. H., Belozeroff , V., Globe, D. R., Chiou , C-F., Lin , S-L., & Globe, G. (2013). Time trends in 30 day case-fatality following hospitalisation for asthma in adults in Scotland: A retrospective cohort study from 1981 to 2009. Manuscript in preparation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rmed.2013.04.004