(2013) Cost of Asthma in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). doi: 10.4172/2161-105X.1000146 Copyright: © 2013 Mahboub BH, et al.This is an open-access article distributedunder the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Absenteeism from school was reported by 50% of asthmatic children, asthmatics also reported an average loss of 4 days of work per year due to asthma.
Conclusion: There is a huge economic burden on the patients and healthcare services due to asthma.
The results of several hundred studies that have used the tests in many countries have been summarized in Lynn (2006).
Both the Colored and the Standard Progressive Matrices are widely accepted as one of the best tests of general intelligence and Spearman's general factor (g) (Jensen, 1998).
The maximum contribution to this was from expenditure on out-patient visits (37% - AED 32,217,143), followed by that on hospital stays (23% - AED 23,587,008).
The cost on medication and ER visits represented 20% and 16% of the direct cost respectively.
Taking into account the considerable expenditure on the out-patient visits, ER visits and hospital stay, efforts must be directed towards improved asthma control and patient education about their disease.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by chest tightness, wheezing, cough and shortness of breath.
Method and Results The Colored Progressive Matrices was standardized in the United Arab Emirates in 1997 in a project authorized by the Ministry of Education and Youth and published by Eid (1999).