Trends in paediatric asthma hospitalisations - differences between neighbouring countries

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Paediatric asthma hospitalisation trends in Finland and Sweden over the past 10 years are unclear. We investigated the incidence of paediatric asthma hospitalisations in both countries from 2005 to 2014, using Finland’s National Hospital Discharge Register and Sweden’s National Patient Register which cover all hospitalisations in the respective countries. During the study period, the incidence of paediatric asthma hospitalisations decreased by 51% in Finland, but remained stable in Sweden. In both countries, asthma hospitalisations decreased over time among children aged 0-4 years, with unclear trends for older ages. The reasons for these intercountry differences are unclear, thus warranting future research.

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