MedPage Today: Patients Mum on Work-Related Asthma

Those with trouble breathing may also have trouble speaking up.

Discussants: Karin Pacheco, MD, Alan R. Leff, MD, Rachel Taliercio, MD, and Beth Corn, MD

Among the 46% of adults with asthma who were employed, only 15% talked with their physicians about a possible relation between their workplace and their asthma symptoms, according to a study published in the February issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Healthcare providers might not be asking the right questions, and patients might not be telling enough, for a lack of awareness, or even for fear of losing their job.

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In this video, Karin Pacheco, MD, of National Jewish Health; Alan R. Leff, MD, of the University of Chicago Medicine; Rachel Taliercio, MD, of Cleveland Clinic; and Beth Corn, MD, of Mount Sinai; discuss the study and provide suggestions on what physicians can do to help better physician-patient communication.