Current unmet needs and potential solutions to uncontrolled asthma

Eur Respir Rev. 2022 Jan 25;31(163):210176. doi: 10.1183/16000617.0176-2021. Print 2022 Mar 31.


Despite the availability of effective inhaled therapies, many patients with asthma have poor asthma control. Uncontrolled asthma presents a significant burden on the patient and society, and, for many, remains largely preventable. There are numerous reasons why a patient may remain uncontrolled despite access to therapies, including incorrect inhaler technique, poor adherence to treatment, oversight of triggers and suboptimal medical care. Shared decision-making, good patient-clinician communication, supported self-management, multidisciplinary patient education, new technology and risk stratification may all provide solutions to this major unmet need in asthma. Novel treatments such as biologics could benefit patients' lives, while the investigations into biomarkers, non-Type 2 asthma, treatable traits and disease modification give an exciting glimpse into the future of asthma care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents* / adverse effects
  • Asthma* / diagnosis
  • Asthma* / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Nebulizers and Vaporizers


  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents