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Lung conditions are the third biggest killer in the UK, yet too little is being done to prevent, treat and cure them. We’re fighting to change this.

Our asthma reports

Prescription charges campaign

Our campaign to stop unfair prescription charges for people with asthma garnered more than 75,000 petition signatures, and generated debates in parliament.

Paying to breathe: why unfair asthma prescription charges must be stopped  (2019)

A hidden harm: why healthcare professionals want to stop unfair asthma prescription charges  (2019)

Severe asthma

Severe asthma affects a small number of people with asthma but its impact can be devastating. Our research tackles the scale of the problem, access to life-changing treatments, and the real exerience of life with severe and difficult asthma.

Do no harm: safer and better treatment options for people with asthma  (2020)

Falling into isolation: lived experience of people with severe asthma  (2020)

Living in limbo: the scale of unmet need in difficult and severe asthma  (2019)

Slipping through the net: the reality facing patients with difficult and severe asthma  (2018)

Basic care – annual asthma surveys

Every year we conduct a major survey of people with asthma, examining the standards of care they receive, and their real-life exerience of living with the condition. Previous issues of the report can also be accessed from the latest survey page.

Fighting back: transforming asthma care in the UK (2022)

Asthma Care in a Crisis: the Annual Asthma Survey 2020  (2021)

Health inequalities

Factors such as where you live, your age and your economic circumstances can affect your chances of developing asthma – and the care you receive. We explore the links between deprivation and asthma, and how to reduce the unfair burden.

On the edge: how inequality affects people with asthma (2018)

Digital asthma and data sharing

Technology has the potential to develop new ways to tackle persistent asthma care challenges. We’re exploring how data, digital and connected devices can better be used to re-imagine care at all levels – and ensuring that the patient voice is heard in policy developments.

Digital asthma: re-imagining primary care (2020)

Data sharing and technology: exploring the attitudes of people with asthma (2018)

Smart asthma: deploying digital devices in the UK (2017)

Connected asthma: how technology can transform care (2016)

Research influencing

Explore our work aimed at creating the research environment necessary in the UK and Europe to drive improvements in asthma care and the vital investment in asthma research and development. 

Asthma still kills (2019)

Diagnosing asthma: a 21st century challenge (2018)

Other reports

Patient safety failures in asthma care: the scale of unsafe prescribing in the UK (2015)

The National Review of Asthma Deaths (2014)


Our lung condition reports

Clearing the smoke: Levelling up health by stamping out tobacco (2022) (PDF 4.9mb) demonstrates the huge impact of smoking on life expectancy and that the government’s levelling up health agenda can only be achieved by a renewed effort to cut smoking rates. It provides effective, evidenced based policies for doing this.

Failing on the fundamentals: our COPD report  (2021) 

Insights from those living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) around the UK.

Clear the air: Improving air quality to protect future generations and level up our communities (2021) highlights the unfair burden which air pollution places on deprived communities across the UK, with new analysis showing the number of babies born into toxic air. It discusses why cleaning up our air should be central to the Government’s levelling up agenda and a key part of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

A Breath of Fresh Air: research into the training needs of UK GPs on Very Brief Advice for smoking cessation shows that not enough GPs are equipped to have effective conversations about smoking with patients.

Recovery and reset for respiratory: restoring and improving basic care for patients with lung disease outlines the enormous impact COVID-19 has had on the care received by people with lung disease across the UK.

The health and economic impacts of toxic air in Liverpool City Region reveals that up to 1,040 deaths per year in Liverpool can be directly linked to exposure to air pollution.

Toxic air at the door of the NHS reveals that millions of patients and healthcare practitioners across the UK are exposed to unsafe levels of pollution.

Less help to quit - what's happening to stop smoking prescriptions across Britain (2018) highlights how every year fewer patients are being given treatments to help them quit smoking.

The battle for breath - the impact of lung disease in the UK (2016) examines the overall extent and impact of lung disease across the UK. 

The battle for breath - the economic burden of lung disease (2017) reveals the financial cost of lung disease to the NHS, patients and the economy.

A map for better care (2017) looks at ways to improve access to care for people with interstitial lung disease (ILD). 

The economic costs of lung disease and the cost effectiveness of policy and service interventions (2017). A literature review on the costs of different lung diseases and the cost effectiveness of policy and service interventions.