An alarming 75% of people with asthma in Wales today do not have a personal asthma action plan, yet many of these people wish to have one and people with such a plan are four times less likely to require a hospital admission for their asthma, a new report by Asthma UK Cymru claims.
The report also found people with asthma living in deprived areas of Wales are most likely to feel that their asthma is out of control, to say that the condition has limited their lives and to have lower expectations of how their asthma treatment can help their condition.
Despite the advances in asthma medicine and treatment over recent years, 24% of people with asthma feel there is nothing they can do to limit their asthma symptoms and one in seven feel the condition has a negative impact on how other people see them.
Janet Pardue-Wood, National Director of Asthma UK Cymru, said: "While free prescriptions and smoke-free legislation have helped to ease the burden on the lives of people with asthma in Wales, our report clearly shows there is much more work to be done.
"When asthma is not controlled effectively, the effects can be devastating and in some cases fatal, which is why improving healthcare and reducing the hospital admissions of the 260,000 people with asthma in Wales is a key aim for Asthma UK Cymru."
Rates of asthma in Wales are among the highest in the world, with one in 12 adults and one in 10 children living with the condition. The country also has some of the highest hospital admissions for asthma in the world, with more than 4,400 admissions in 2006/7.