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Clinical and Translational Allergy20166:29

  • Received: 14 April 2016
  • Accepted: 2 June 2016
  • Published:

The Erratum to this article has been published in Clinical and Translational Allergy 2017 7:5


Action Plan B3 of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) focuses on the integrated care of chronic diseases. Area 5 (Care Pathways) was initiated using chronic respiratory diseases as a model. The chronic respiratory disease action plan includes (1) AIRWAYS integrated care pathways (ICPs), (2) the joint initiative between the Reference site MACVIA-LR (Contre les MAladies Chroniques pour un VIeillissement Actif) and ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma), (3) Commitments for Action to the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing and the AIRWAYS ICPs network. It is deployed in collaboration with the World Health Organization Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD). The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing has proposed a 5-step framework for developing an individual scaling up strategy: (1) what to scale up: (1-a) databases of good practices, (1-b) assessment of viability of the scaling up of good practices, (1-c) classification of good practices for local replication and (2) how to scale up: (2-a) facilitating partnerships for scaling up, (2-b) implementation of key success factors and lessons learnt, including emerging technologies for individualised and predictive medicine. This strategy has already been applied to the chronic respiratory disease action plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.


  • EIP on AHA
  • European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing
  • Chronic respiratory diseases
  • ARIA
  • Scaling up


Health and care services in Europe are undergoing changes to adapt systems to the growing demands caused by the expansion of chronic diseases and ageing. This restructuring involves the development and testing of innovative solutions as well as the implementation of the most successful pilots. The multitude of good practices developed throughout the European Union favours a comprehensive and multi-dimensional scaling-up strategy at European level [1].

The European Commission DG Santé (Directorate General for Health and Food Safety) and DG CNECT (Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology) launched the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) to enhance European Union competitiveness and to tackle societal challenges through research and innovation (Table 1) [2].
Table 1

Priority areas and action plans of the EIP on AHA

Priority areas

Action plans

Prevention of diseases and health promotion



Innovative ways to ensure that patients adhere to their treatment


Innovative solutions for personalised health management, with focus on falls prevention


Action for preventing functional decline and frailty, with a particular focus on malnutrition

Care and cure



Scaling up and replication of successful innovative integrated care models for CD amongst older patients, such as through remote monitoring

Active and independent living of older adults



Improving the uptake of interoperable independent living solutions including guidelines for business models

Horizontal topics



Networking and knowledge sharing on innovation for age-friendly environments

Chronic respiratory diseases are the pilot for chronic diseases of the EIP on AHA Action Plan B3 [3, 4]. Several effective plans exist in Europe for chronic respiratory diseases, but they are rarely deployed to other regions or countries. There is an urgent need for scaling up strategies in order to (1) avoid fragmentation, (2) improve health care delivery across Europe, (3) speed up the implementation of good practices using existing cost-effective success stories and (4) meet the triple win of the EIP on AHA:
  • Enabling European citizens to lead healthy, active and independent lives while ageing.

  • Improving the sustainability and efficiency of social and health care systems.

  • Boosting and improving the competitiveness of the markets for innovative products and services, responding to the ageing challenge and creating new opportunities for businesses.

This paper presents the scaling up strategy for chronic respiratory diseases strictly following the five-step framework scaling up strategy of the EIP on AHA. It may be used as a model for scaling up activities in other areas of the EIP on AHA and other chronic diseases.

AIRWAYS ICPs, the pilot for chronic diseases of the EIP on AHA

Chronic respiratory diseases include a variety of diseases such as airway diseases (allergic and non-allergic asthma, rhinitis, rhinosinusitis and COPD), occupational lung diseases, sleep apnoea syndrome, interstitial diseases, pulmonary vascular diseases and genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis [5, 6]. Over 1 billion people in the world suffer from chronic respiratory diseases. They represent one of the priorities of the European Union (3053rd and 3131st Conclusions of the European Union Council, 2010 and 2011) [7, 8], World Health Organization (WHO 2013–2020 Noncommunicable Disease Action Plan) and the United Nations (High Level meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases, 2011) [9]. The 2011 Polish Presidency of the European Union Council made the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of asthma and allergic diseases a priority for the European Union’s public health policy in order to reduce health inequalities [7]. The early determinants of chronic respiratory diseases were reinforced during the Cyprus Presidency of the European Union Council [10]. The 2014 Italian Presidency of the European Union Council has prioritized chronic respiratory diseases. Chronic respiratory diseases represent a model of chronic diseases due to their prevalence, burden (e.g. 3 million annual deaths due to COPD), and comorbidities with other chronic diseases [11].

The initiative AIRWAYS ICPs (Integrated care pathways for airway diseases) [3] has been approved by the EIP on AHA as the model of chronic diseases of the B3 Action Plan. It is a GARD (Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases, World Health Organization) Research Demonstration Project [5]. It was launched by NHS England (National Health Service, Newcastle, February 2014) [12] and has been endorsed by the EIP on AHA Reference Site Network.

The objectives of AIRWAYS ICPs are to launch a collaboration to develop practical multisectoral care pathways (ICPs) to reduce chronic respiratory disease burden, mortality and multimorbidity. AIRWAYS-ICPs proposes a feasible, achievable and manageable project from science to guidelines and policies using existing networks and stakeholders committed to the Action Plan B3 of the EIP on AHA and GARD [5]. It is implemented and scaled up in Europe by the EIP on AHA and globally with GARD.

AIRWAYS-ICPs has strategic relevance to the European Union Health Strategy and the World Health Organization Noncommunicable Diseases Action Plan (2013–2020). It adds value to existing public health knowledge (Table 2).
Table 2

List of activities implemented by AIRWAYS ICPs


AIRWAYS ICPs proposal



Proposing a common framework of care pathways for chronic respiratory diseases to facilitate comparability and trans-national initiatives, and plans targeted to all populations according to culture, health systems and income

A repository is under development (PROEIPAHA) and the GARD strategy for adaptation to cultural beliefs and barriers is used [6]


Developing a strategy for low and middle-income settings

AIRWAYS ICPs uses existing WHO programmes such as the WHO GARD, WHO PEN, the essential list of drugs [5, 13, 14] and management plans already successfully tested in low and middle-income countries [13, 15, 16]


Aiding risk stratification in chronic disease patients with a common strategy

A common risk stratification strategy for all chronic diseases is available [1719]


Defining important questions on chronic respiratory diseases in the elderly

Questions on asthma-COPD and rhinitis have been examined using a Delphi process (in preparation)


Developing integrated care pathways for chronic respiratory diseases and their comorbidities, with a specific focus on the elderly

Developing ICPs for chronic respiratory diseases and their comorbidities, with a specific focus on the elderly [2025]

Building a sentinel network for asthma and other allergic diseases [26]


Tackling chronic diseases across the life cycle

Chronic respiratory diseases occur along the life cycle and they should be prevented, diagnosed and managed early to promote AHA [7, 8, 10, 27]


Interacting with frailty in chronic respiratory disease (EIP on AHA Action Plan A3) and defining active and healthy ageing

Frailty is associated with chronic diseases and chronic respiratory disease. It is important to consider frailty in the management of chronic respiratory disease and to use an operational definition of AHA [2833]


Implementing emerging technologies for individualised and predictive medicine in accordance with guidelines proposed by the European Commission (

MASK (MACVIA–ARIA Sentinel NetworK) uses emerging technologies to develop a management strategy of rhinitis and asthma multimorbidity. It is available in 15 European countries [26, 34]


Having a significant impact on the health of citizens in the short term (reduction of morbidity, improvement of education in children and of work in adults), the long-term (AHA), and in the development of health promotion

Asthma and COPD national plans are cost-efficient. Some have been scaled up successfully [35]

New hypotheses concerning the development of allergy have been recently proposed. They may lead to novel prevention strategies [36, 37]


Educational activities

Educational activities are part of any scaling up strategy


Stratification of health systems in Europe and beyond (EIP on AHA Action Plan A3, AA4-B3)

DG Connect has initiated this project (Wouter, submitted)

Five-step framework scaling up strategy of the EIP on AHA

Scaling up is often considered as a continuous process of change and adaptation that can take different forms [38]. The EIP on AHA has proposed a 5-step framework for developing an individual scaling up strategy. Area 5 has already used all these steps (Table 3). The scaling up process of AIRWAYS ICPs has already been initiated, during an Action Plan B3 meeting in Brussels (March 2014).
Table 3

The 5-step framework of EIP on AHA scaling up strategy


Scaling up strategy

Individual scaling up strategy

What to scale up



Database of good practices



Assessment of viability of the scaling up of good practices



Classification of good practices for local replication


How to scale up



Facilitating partnerships for scaling up




Key success factors

and lessons learnt

Planning and initiating the service

Setting up a system for change

Organisational process and design choices

Training and skills for the work force

Appropriate resourcing for equipment

Integration of clinical record systems

Creating capacity

Monitoring, evaluation and dissemination

In order to achieve a successful outcome for scaling up of innovative practice, the workforce should be appropriately educated in disease management, the necessary skills (e.g. spirometry, inhaler technique) should be present, and sufficient capacity made available both for training and the extra time necessary in consultation with the individual patient. These were critical factors in achieving success in the Finnish asthma and COPD ten year plans [39]. Clinical recording systems need to be integrated to facilitate audit and appropriate sharing of clinical records.

Application of the EIP on AHA scaling up strategy to chronic respiratory diseases

Good practices in chronic respiratory diseases


Six commitments for action were submitted to the EIP on AHA to support AIRWAYS ICPs. Their good practices are complementary for the scaling up strategy (Table 4).
Table 4

Good practices of the EIP on AHA Commitments for Action on chronic respiratory diseases





MACVIA-LR (Languedoc Roussillon)


Noncommunicable Diseases global approach of multimorbidity

Frailty and chronic respiratory disease, a social approach



See Table 2

Founder of AIRWAYS ICPs

Uniform definition of Noncommunicable Diseases severity and control with implementation in rural remote areas and rheumatology

Definition of AHA and implementation at the social level with the French national retirement fund (CARSAT)

ICT solution for rhinitis and asthma

EUROBIOMED is the catalyst of the health sector in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon regions. We provide resources and initiatives to help life science companies achieve their business goals and improve life through innovations in health


Finnish asthma, COPD and allergy plans


Finnish plans for asthma [40], allergy [41] and COPD [39] are the prototypes of national plans for chronic respiratory diseases globally [42]


Deployment of the Finnish allergy plan to Norwegian regions


Deployment of the Finnish allergy plan to all the regions of Norway. This expertise can be used to deploy national plans to regions

A European generic platform to reduce the allergy burden was created based upon the Finnish Asthma and Allergy plan


Senioral policy of Poland following the EIP on AHA recommendations including the 2011 EU Council recommendations

[7, 8]

[33, 44]

The Commitment for Action of Poland was the initiator of the EU Council policy on chronic respiratory disease in children [7] and further developed the senioral policy of Poland which follows the EIP on AHA proposals. This seems to be the first AHA national project


National coordination and national plan for all chronic respiratory diseases


The national coordination is led by the Directorate General of Health and includes all stakeholders required for a national plan which is deployed in the regions. The plan follows the Portuguese National Programme for Respiratory Diseases (PNDR)


National coordination and

Role of the chronic respiratory disease action plan on the ministerial Noncommunicable Diseases action plan

[46, 47]

The first national coordination of GARD including the Ministry of Health, WHO national office and major societies. Extremely successful programme with all public and private stakeholders of a country. Excellent example for scale up strategy

  • AIRWAYS ICPs study groups exist in all but 2 European Union countries (Luxembourg, Malta). They follow the GARD model deployed in Turkey [46, 47] and Italy [13, 48].

  • Governments of countries (e.g. Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Turkey) or regions (e.g. Emilia-Romagna) are involved in AIRWAYS ICPs. One of the commitments for action (Norway) is a joint action between the Ministry of Health of Finland and Norway [43].

Other international, national or regional projects

Many guidelines, ICPs and national plans exist for the most common chronic respiratory diseases (asthma, COPD, rhinitis).
  • The Finnish plans for asthma [40], allergy [41] and COPD [39], considered to be the prototypes of national plans for chronic respiratory diseases [42]. Polastma (Poland) is, in particular, derived from the asthma plan [35]. A review on the European asthma plans based on the Finnish Asthma Plan is available [42].

  • The Portuguese National Programme for Respiratory Diseases (PNDR), the first national programme including all respiratory diseases [45].

  • In the Netherlands, the SMART-formulated collaborative National Action programme against Chronic Lung Diseases (NACL) aims to improve the cost-effectiveness of respiratory prescribing, while reducing hospitalisation days, productivity loss, adolescent smoking, and mortality due to asthma and COPD. Both the Ministry of Health and the collective Health Insurers Netherlands are funding the programme [13].

  • Several national or regional plans on asthma, COPD, other chronic respiratory diseases and allergy.

  • Guidelines or strategies for asthma [4952], COPD [53], rhinitis [21], rhinosinusitis [54] or severe asthma [55] (Table 5).
    Table 5

    An example of scaling up strategy: ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma) [21, 26]

    Allergic rhinitis is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world (25 % of the European Union population). Although symptoms of rhinitis appear to be trivial, the disease affects social activities as well as school and work performance [56]. It is often associated with or precedes asthma (including in the elderly) [57, 58]. Allergic rhinitis has been considered to alter AHA if not appropriately managed [7, 8]

     ARIA, a guideline for allergic rhinitis and its multimorbidity with asthma, is the first multimorbidity guideline in chronic diseases. It was developed in the early 2000s in collaboration with the World Health Organization using the recommended methodology for guidelines (Shekelle) [59]. It was updated in 2008 [60]

     It has been revised using the GRADE methodology (2010) [22, 61, 62]

     It is the most widely used guideline for rhinitis, and for rhinitis and asthma multimorbidity globally [21]

     The ARIA classification of allergic rhinitis severity has been used for the development of Health Technology Assessment guidelines, in particular in the US [63]

     ARIA recommendations have been adopted by government guidelines (Brazil, Portugal, Singapore)

     ARIA is implemented in 64 countries and the pocket guide of the guideline has been translated into 52 languages

     MASK-rhinitis (MACVIA–ARIA Sentinel NetworK for allergic rhinitis) is a care pathway centred around the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools and a clinical decision support system (CDSS) based on ARIA [26, 34]. This tool can be used by older adults

     Over 600 scientific papers have used ARIA for the classification of allergic rhinitis in clinical practice, clinical trials, as well as epidemiologic (from pre-school children to the elderly [58]), basic and translational research [21]

  • Care pathways provided by national institutions (e.g. NICE in the UK, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence or the Haute Autorité de Santé in France, ICP for acute asthma in children in Northern Ireland).

  • The World Health Organization guidelines for asthma and COPD in low-income settings (WHO PEN) [14].

  • Management plans already successfully tested in low and middle-income countries [15].

  • A common approach to severe asthma and allergic diseases [17, 19].

  • In Spain, Polibienestar Research Institute is developing a Multi-Agent Simulator for people requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation based on the validated LTCMAS [64] and following the Canadian model [65], which is easily replicable and transferrable to other healthcare systems and to other diseases. Moreover, this tool offers great possibilities for scaling-up and for supporting the decision-making process of health professionals and policy-makers.

  • Multimorbidity guidelines for chronic respiratory diseases do not exist, except for rhinitis and asthma [21].

  • The risk for developing a COPD has only been studied in Italy and represents a chart risk applicable to the entire Europe.

  • Palliative approaches to care in chronic respiratory disease, and planning end-of-life decisions and care/advanced care.

  • Guidelines with a specific target on old age adults do not exist. A Delphi process is ongoing.

Guidance documents for primary care

Some guidance documents are specifically directed to primary care—where most patients with chronic respiratory diseases are managed—such as COPD-Australia (Lung Foundation Australia with Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand) and Asthma Management in Australia (National Asthma Council Australia). IPCRG (International Primary Care Respiratory Group) has undertaken a mapping on national guidelines used by primary care for COPD, asthma, rhinitis, obstructive sleep apnea and stop smoking (


A centralized repository of evidence is developed to preserve data throughout the lifecycle of the project. The repository is under development by the Commission.

Assessment of viability of the scaling up of good practices

The members of AIRWAYS ICPs, ARIA and GARD [6, 13, 48] have experience in working together and have already scaled up several chronic respiratory disease good practices. Scaling up for ARIA and GARD follows the 7 key characteristics of the CORRECT features: Credible, Observable, Relevant, Relative advantage, Easy and Compatible [66, 67]. The success of the scaling up strategy and its long-term viability (over 15 years for ARIA and 8 years in GARD) has been demonstrated. GARD has been scaled up in several countries at governmental levels [13, 4648].

Members of 13 EIP on AHA Reference Sites have agreed on the AIRWAYS ICPs concept and are co-authors of the paper [3]. A meeting of all EIP on AHA Reference Sites was co-organised by the Région LR, North England and the EIP on AHA Reference Site Collaborative Network to scale up AIRWAYS ICPs in all Reference Sites (October 21, 2014).

The viability of ARIA and GARD has been demonstrated. The viability of AIRWAYS ICPs will be analysed according to the set of parameters provided by the Commission in the near future. The analysis will be carried out within 6 months by an AIRWAYS ICPs expert panel and revised by an independent expert panel (6 additional months). The meeting for the analysis of the viability took place in Lisbon (Directorate General of Health of Portugal), July 1-2, 2015 in collaboration with the World Health Organization GARD [68].

Classification of good practices for replication

Feasibility has been reviewed for the Finnish Asthma Plan (Table 6). It is expected that AIRWAYS ICPs following the expertise raised in ARIA and GARD will have a similar feasibility.
Table 6

Classification of good practices for replication: the example of the Finnish Asthma Plan [40]



Example of the Finnish Asthma Plan


Between knowledge and practice (research, specific)

The plan has been [69] tested and validated at the national level [40]

Existence of tested solutions (good examples, specific)

It has shown cost-effective reduction of hospitalisations, deaths and disability

Large variations between countries (good examples, general)

The Finnish Asthma Plan has been deployed successfully to over 25 countries globally including developing countries. The same effectiveness has been demonstrated [70, 71]. The Finnish Asthma Plan is considered to be the model of all asthma plans in the world [35]

Reaction time

Calendar (time needed for implementation

The Finnish Asthma Plan was a 10-year plan. Most indicators were found to change significantly after 24–36 months, but the effectiveness improved over the 10-year programme. In Brazil, an impact at population morbidity indicators was found after 24 months

Effects/visibility (time needed to assess impact)


Administrative and political capacity. Leadership, inside the health sector and in other sectors (Health in All Policies)

Many plans are national plans supported by the Ministry of Health or the department of health of the region (e.g. Minas Gerais, Brazil). All stakeholders including health (specialists, GPs, nurses, pharmacists, other health care professionals) and social carers as well as patients are involved in the plan. A specific action is devoted to education, coaching and training

Political agenda

Electoral programme


Social concerns

A specific attention has been put on social concerns and a promotion in the country at all levels (citizens and patients, health and social carers, politicians) has been continuously monitored



International institutions recommendations/conditions

The Finnish Asthma Plan and its follow up (the Finnish Allergy Programme) [41, 72] has been endorsed by the Finnish Ministry of Health. Some plans in developed and developing countries (globally) are also under the Ministry of Health leadership and some have been endorsed by WHO GARD (GARD demonstration project). The Finnish Asthma Plan is listed in asthma guidelines

Costs and affordability

It is important to consider the cost of the programme for selecting priority areas for investment. Certain decisions could need relevant investments (e.g. equipment, personnel, etc.) while others involve low direct economic cost (e.g. anti-tobacco strategies and legislation). The costs of a programme have to be considered in the context of the economic situation of the country (GDP/inhabitant; expansion/recession/stagnation; private and public debt; etc.)

The Finnish Asthma Plan is comprehensive and includes treatments, preventive measures (e.g. tobacco smoking), action plans, education at all levels. It was found to be cost-effective. This has been demonstrated in Finland, but also in other countries such as Brazil [42, 73, 74]. Thus, reducing the asthma burden is cost-effective in countries with different GDP/inhabitant, health and economic systems


The support or the opposition that a certain policy is going to attract

The Plan was extremely well accepted in all countries where it was promoted [42]

Monitoring capability

The availability of the necessary information to monitor the starting point, the processes and the outcomes

Baseline information on the burden of asthma is available even though in most developing countries there is no information [75]. Information on the success of the programme was easily documented [35, 70, 71] and carefully monitored

It highlights also the importance of transparency

National (or regional) statistics are transparent

Contextual factors


The Finnish Asthma Plan was a national plan covering the entire country. Some plans are regional plans (Bahia or Minais Gerais)

Social and economic conditions

The Finnish Asthma Plan targeted the entire country. The Minais Gerais plan targets children in deprived areas (“favelas”) who are at high risk of severe exacerbations and death [76] as does the severe asthma programme established in Bahia, dealing with children and adults [70]

Cultural factors

In Finland, barriers are not very important. However, in many developing countries, cultural barriers have been carefully considered according to a WHO report [6]. They include culture, gender issues, socio-economic inequalities, health care access, access to essential medications and techniques

Other non-health care determinants of health that impact on population health and wellbeing

Facilitating partnership for scaling up

Collaborator’s role

The ARIA programme includes over 300 members and AIRWAYS ICPs includes 445 members. The paper describing the AIRWAYS ICPs proposal is co-authored by 250 members (all stakeholders: health care professionals, social carers, patients, government officers, methodologists, etc.) [3]. All of the members are very committed to the implementation of AIRWAYS ICPs. National and regional groups have been initiated in all but 2 European Union countries. In countries where health care is regionalised [59], many regional groups are in place.

Role of scientific societies

AIRWAYS ICPs is in line with the mission and vision of scientific societies which aim to (1) promote research, (2) collect, assess and diffuse scientific information, (3) represent a scientific reference body for other scientific, health and political organisations and an advocate towards political organisation and the general public, (4) encourage and provide training, continuous education and professional development and (5) collaborate with patients and lay organisations in the area of their field in order to lead the way towards better understanding, prevention, management and eventual cure of diseases. The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the European Rhinology Society (ERS), the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS), the International Academy of Pediatrics and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) are the major societies in Europe of their respective field and are all members of AIRWAYS ICPs. A recent meeting on precision medicine in airways and allergic diseases was held at the European Union Parliament with these societies [77, 78]. The activities of IPCRG are summarized in Additional file 1.

Role of patient’s organisations

The goal and rationale of patient involvement in medical decisions is patient empowerment. Empowered patients know their disease. Patient empowerment commences with the initial consultations at the primary care level encompassing discussions about the patient’s ideas, concerns and expectations coupled with patient education about the specific disease process, what can be done to ameliorate the disease and ultimately self-management. Patients have the skills and motivation to take good care in their everyday life, to adjust their treatment, and are prepared for new or potentially exacerbating situations. They are able to detect side-effects, contact healthcare professionals when necessary and they adhere to the treatment regime. Many tools support empowerment, shared decision making models and patient education. Patient empowerment should be included in the health care professional’s curriculum. For an optimal dissemination of good practices, there is a need for patient involvement and empowerment.

There are recommendations to secure patient organization/patient involvement at national (e.g. The Netherlands ZonMW) and also at European Union level [79, 80].

EFA (European Federation of Allergy and airways diseases patient’s association), the major patient’s organisation for respiratory and allergic diseases in Europe, has been very active for AIRWAYS ICPs [77, 78].

Diffusion of good practices

All European Union countries should be included.

The European Geriatric Medicine, the official organ of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS), has initiated a column of the EIP on AHA to publish important activities of the EIP on AHA in order to inform the medical community [2]. Several papers have already been published [2, 29, 44, 8185].
  • Reference Site Network: The Reference Site Network is already committed to AIRWAYS-ICPs (decision taken during the Montpellier meeting).

  • Action Groups: Area 5 of Action Group B3 is leading AIRWAYS ICPs.

  • Event and dedicated scaling up/twinning sessions: Several events have already taken place (Table 7).
    Table 7

    AIRWAYS ICPs 2014 events



    Event and goals


    Newcastle (UK)

    Launch of AIRWAYS ICPs by Dr. M Bewick, Deputy National Medical Director of NHS England, [12]


    Athens (Greece)

    AIRWAYS ICPs was presented to the EIP on AHA


    Copenhagen (Denmark)

    European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). A symposium was organized (1000 participants) and a working meeting held immediately after: AIRWAYS ICPs and MACVIA–ARIA [26]


    Bahia (Brazil)

    WHO GARD annual meeting. Presentation of AIRWAYS ICPs and MACVIA–ARIA to the GARD members and WHO. Acceptance of AIRWAYS ICPs to strengthen the 2013–2020 Noncommunicable Diseases WHO Action Plan [86, 87]


    Rotterdam (NL)

    Annual meeting of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS): Presidential lecture on AIRWAYS (T Strandberg, President of the Society)


    Dubrovnik (Croatia)

    Annual meeting of the Croatian Respiratory Society. AIRWAYS ICPs and MACVIA–ARIA were presented (M Niculinic, President of the Society)


    Rome (Italy)

    The Italian Presidency of the European Union Council has made chronic respiratory diseases one of the priorities. A GARD Italy meeting was held at the Ministry of Health. AIRWAYS ICPs was presented among other projects to be included in the Priority


    Montpellier (France)

    The Region Languedoc Roussillon (in collaboration with the region North England and the EIP on AHA Reference Site Collaborative Network) invited one member from each Reference Site to scale up AIRWAYS ICPs. The Collaborative Network decided to include AIRWAYS ICPs in its priorities for scaling up and implementation (M Bewick, R Pengelly, Secretary of State of Northern Ireland) [28, 29]


    Salzburg (Austria)

    Annual meeting of the Austrian Allergy Society


    Guangzhou (China)

    Annual meeting: Discussion for the deployment of AIRWAYS ICPs and MACVIA–ARIA in China (NS Zhong, former President of the Chinese Medical Association) [88]


    Oslo (Norway)

    Commitments for Action Oslo, Helsinki and Montpellier (K Lodrup Carlsen, T Haahtela, JB). The agreement for the deployment of the Finnish Allergy Programme in Norway was discussed at the Ministry of Health [43]

  • Network of excellence centres in respiratory and allergic diseases: It includes the Commitments for Action (EIP on AHA action Plan B3), Reference Sites of the EIP AHA, the Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (GA2LEN) and members of AIRWAYS ICPs. GA2LEN, a Sixth European Union Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6) Network of Excellence, was created in 2005 as a vehicle to ensure excellence in research bringing together research and clinical institutions to combat fragmentation in the European research area and to tackle allergy in its globality [89]. The GA2LEN network has benefited greatly from the voluntary efforts of researchers who are strongly committed to this model of pan-European collaboration. The network was organized in order to increase networking for scientific and clinical projects in allergy and asthma around Europe.

Implementation, key success factors and lessons learnt

Planning and initiating the service

  • Needs for AIRWAYS ICPs, in particular in elderly adults and co-morbid diseases, are clear. AIRWAYS ICPs was developed following the research priorities set by the World Health Organization on chronic respiratory diseases [90].

  • The strategy, the road map and the first implementation results have been published [4].

  • ICPs for asthma have been shown to be highly cost-effective in different settings [15, 35]. Studies in developed and developing countries have shown a cost-effective reduction of hospitalisations and mortality.

Setting up a system for change

  • Good understanding: The members of ARIA, GARD and AIRWAYS ICPs have perceived the need for innovation, and consider it beneficial and congruent with central ideas and concepts. Deployment has been made to all stakeholders including patients and citizens. The results of the ARIA and GARD initiatives are clear [13, 46, 9198]. Since the same methodology is used for AIRWAYS ICPs enhanced by the EIP on AHA scaling up strategy, there is no reason for a lack of understanding. The present paper is co-authored by over 450 authors from 72 countries in order to enhance understanding for different cultures, settings, health systems and languages.

  • Implementation of emerging technologies for predictive and personalised medicine. Systems medicine is an emerging discipline [18, 77, 78, 99]. It combines high-throughput analyses of all human genes and their products with computational, functional and clinical studies. The aim is to gain detailed understanding of disease mechanisms, and how they vary between different patient groups. This understanding can be exploited for predictive and personalised medicine, according to guidelines proposed by the European Commission ( The first implementations may reach the clinic within the next five years for serious diseases that require costly treatments [100].

  • Political endorsement: Several meetings have been organised by the European Union. In particular, the Polish Priority of the Council [7, 8] which “WELCOMES existing networks and alliances, such as the Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (GA2LEN) and Global Alliance against Respiratory Diseases (GARD)”. There are recommendation: (i) to give appropriate consideration to prevention, early diagnosis and treatment, (ii) to strengthen cooperation with relevant stakeholders, (iii)to exchange best practices, (iv) to support national centres and existing international research networks (v) to find cost-effective procedures by using health technology assessment, (vi) to improve health care system standards relating to chronic respiratory diseases, (vii) to consider the use of e-Health tools and innovative technologies for prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic respiratory diseases, and finally (viii) to support Member States by the “Commission developing and implementing effective policies, improving networking among institutions responsible for the implementation of programmes.”

A meeting at the European Union Parliament under the leadership of the Cyprus Presidency of the European Union Council [10] and a GARD meeting at the Italian Ministry of Health during the Presidency of the Council both reinforced the importance of chronic respiratory diseases for their early detection and management to improve AHA. The present document was presented at a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal (July 1–2, 2015) organised by the Reference Site Network of the EIP on AHA in collaboration with European Union regions and the Directorate General of Health.

MACVIA-LR is supported by a strong political endorsement at the regional level. ARIA has been adopted by several governmental policies. AIRWAYS ICPs has been launched in collaboration with NHS England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Ministry of Health of Portugal, Poland and Lithuania and several governments of regions (e.g. Emilia Romagna, Basque Country).
  • Engagement of relevant stakeholders: In ARIA, GARD and AIRWAYS ICPs, all relevant stakeholders have been included and are highly motivated: health care professionals (physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists and others), social workers, policy makers. A special effort has been made for patient empowerment. A European Union Parliament session led by EFA, the largest European patients’ organisation in asthma and airway diseases, has been organised in collaboration with MeDALL (Mechanisms of the Development of Allergy, FP7 project) [36, 37], in May 2015. Professional societies and groups should be enlisted as active collaborators in order to enhance and even drive uptake at the country level.

  • Financial viability and business model: It has been shown that the implementation of the Finnish national plans, ARIA and GARD does not require large resources. However, AIRWAYS ICPs will require arrangements for the reimbursement of the services.

Organisational process and design choices

  • Investing in human capital: Training and reskilling the work force is an essential and fundamental component of AIRWAYS ICPs. This may require initial and continuing investment to ensure that the workforce possesses the appropriate knowledge, skills and equipment to fulfil its roles, as show by some very successful ARIA and GARD initiatives. AIRWAYS ICPs should shall go a step further, however, and be fully implemented countrywide. The EIP on AHA Reference Site Network has offered its help. The present paper has been co-authored by many professional leaders from over 70 countries to build a global momentum.

  • Integrating ICT solutions: Telemedicine represents a possible specific advanced tool of ICT in chronic respiratory disease management and secondary prevention. ICT solutions are integrated to support AIRWAYS ICPs implementation and the MACVIA–ARIA Sentinel NetworK has been launched in Copenhagen (June 9, 2014). A clinical decision support system (CDSS) is being built and should be available at the end of the year. This system may form the prototype for a more complex one for asthma, COPD, other chronic respiratory diseases and co-morbidities.

  • Organisational changes: Currently under discussion but will require flexibility in order to adapt to the needs of different areas.

Monitoring, evaluation and dissemination

These activities have been initiated by ARIA and GARD at the international level, but they are also part of the national and regional plans for chronic respiratory diseases. The Area 5 programme on chronic respiratory diseases will benefit from previous expertise, successes and failures to propose refined and updated activities.
  • Assessment indicators: In asthma and COPD, hospitalisation rates and mortality are two indicators of interest and are responsive to change within 2–3 years. In rhinitis, these indicators cannot be used. Control is applicable to asthma, COPD and/or rhinitis and quality of life is applicable to all 3 diseases. An economic evaluation was found to be effective in asthma in many countries [40, 74].

  • Mutual learning: Learning Networks for learning and sharing best practices are in place for chronic respiratory diseases. Scientific societies and patient’s organisations are of importance in the process.

  • Dissemination activities: One of the strengths of ARIA and GARD, and also already AIRWAYS ICPs, is the great ability to disseminate information and guidelines in countries of the European Union and globally.

  • Scaling up of the new good practices: Another strength of ARIA and GARD is the capacity to scale up good practices in countries of the European Union and elsewhere.


The scaling up strategy of AIRWAYS ICPs confirms that the proposed strategy of the EIP on AHA is simple and easy to follow. It may be used as a model for the scaling up strategies of other projects of the EIP on AHA.




integrated care pathways for airway diseases


Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma


chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


Directorate General

EIP on AHA: 

European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing


Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (FP6)


WHO Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases


integrated care pathway


International Primary Care Respiratory Group


Contre les MAladies Chroniques pour un VIeillissement Actif (Fighting chronic diseases for active and healthy ageing)


MACVIA–ARIA Sentinel NetworK


National Health Service


World Health Organization


visual analogue scale


Authors’ contributions

All the authors participated in scaling up strategy of AIRWAYS ICPs. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests, except: Bousquet, Calverley, Carr, Custovic, De Carlo, Demoly, Fonseca, Gemicioglu, Howarth, Just, Klimek, Koppelman, MacNee, Mullol, Naclerio, Papadopoulos, Papi, Pedersen, Pin, Plavec, Pohl, Rosario, Siafakas, Similowski, Sterk, Valenta, VanHage, Vogelmeier, Yawn.

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CHRU, University Hospital, 371 Avenue du Doyen Gaston Giraud, 34295 Montpellier Cedex 5, France
MACVIA-LR, Contre les MAladies Chroniques pour un VIeillissement Actif en Languedoc Roussilon, European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing Reference Site, Montpellier, France
INSERM, VIMA: Ageing and Chronic Diseases, Epidemiological and Public Health Approaches, U1168, Paris, France
UVSQ, UMR-S 1168, Université Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris, France
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Belfast, UK
EIP on AHA, European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, Reference Site, Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare, NHS 24, Glasgow, UK
Laboratory of Clinical Immunology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, KU Leuven, Louvain, Belgium
European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Zurich, Switzerland
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Academic Medical Center (AMC), University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
European Respiratory Society, Lausanne, Switzerland
iQ4U Consultants Ltd, London, UK
Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands
Global Alliance Against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD), Cape Town, South Africa
International Primary Care Respiratory Group, Westhill, UK
Life and Health Sciences Research Institute, ICVS, School of Health Sciences, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
ProAR – Nucleo de Excelencia em Asma, Federal University of Bahia, Bahia, Brazil
GARD Executive Committee, Bahia, Brazil
EIP on AHA Commitment for Action, Lisbon, Portugal
Skin and Allergy Hospital, Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium
Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Ageing@Coimbra Reference Site, Coimbra, Portugal
Food Allergy Referral Centre Veneto Region, Department of Women and Child Health, Padua General University Hospital, Padua, Italy
Caisse Assurance Retraite et Santé Au Travail Languedoc-Roussillon (CARSAT-LR), 34000 Montpellier, France
EFA European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations, Brussels, Belgium
University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark
Centre of Pneumology, Coimbra University Hospital, Coimbra, Portugal
Department of Prevention of Environmental Hazards and Allergology, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Helsinki University, Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
Center for Life Course Health Research, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
European Union GeriatricMedicine Society, EUGMS, Oslo, Norway
Center of Quality of Life Research, Vilnius University Clinic of Children’s Diseases, Vilnius University Public Health Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania
European Association of Pediatrics (EAP/UEMS-SP), Brussels, Belgium
Department of Pulmonology, Celal Bayar University, Manisa, Turkey
Turkish Thoracic Society, Antalya, Turkey
Allergy-Centre-Charité at the Department of Dermatology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Secretary General of the Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (GA²LEN), Berlin, Germany
Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria
Department of Clinical Research Center, International University of Health and Welfare/Sanno Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
Thorax Institute, Hospital Clinic, IDIBAPS, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
CIBER Enfermedades Respiratorias, Barcelona, Spain
Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF), University of Zurich, Davos, Switzerland
EPAR U707 INSERM, Paris, France
Department of Allergy and Immunology, Hospital Quirón Bizkaia, Erandio, Spain
Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), Barcelona, Spain
Hospital del Mar Research Institute (IMIM), Barcelona, Spain
CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Barcelona, Spain
Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, University of Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain
Digi Health, Montpellier, France
David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre, Isle of Wight, UK
Shanghai Respiratory Research Institute, Vice President of Respiratory Society, Chinese Medical Association, China and Chinese Alliance Against Lung Cancer, Shanghai, China
Allergy and Respiratory Diseases Clinic, DIMI, IRCCS AOU San Martino-IST, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy
Upper Airways Research Laboratory, ENT Department, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium
EuroAsian Respiratory Society, Astana City, Kazakhstan
Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa, Portuguese National Programme for Respiratory Diseases (PNDR), Lisbon, Portugal
Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Section of Respiratory Disease, Department of Oncology, Haematology and Respiratory Diseases, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
Service de pneumologie IV, hôpital Abderrahman Mami, Ariana, 2080 Tunis, Tunisia
Department of Respiratory Medicine, National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Centre for Individualized Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, LInköping University, Linköping, Sweden
Department of Dermatology and Allergy, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Department of Dermatology and Allergy Centre, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark
Department of Respiratory Medicine and Allergology, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden
Department of Geriatrics, Montpellier University Hospital, Montpellier, France
EA 2991, Euromov, University Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Department of Pathophysiology and Transplantation, IRCCS Fondazione Ca’Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, University of Milan, Via F. Sforza 35, Milan, Italy
Pediatric Department, University of Verona Hospital, Verona, Italy
Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Second University of Naples and Institute of Translational Medicine, Italian National Research Council, Naples, Italy
Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District, Glebe, NSW, Australia
Quebec Heart and Lung Institute, Laval University, Québec City, QC, Canada
Directeur Général Adjoint, Montpellier University Hospital, Montpellier, France
Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
Respiratory Biomedical Unit, Institute of Lung Health, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicestershire, UK
Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, HSC Room 2C16, 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, Hamilton, Canada
Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany
National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, London, UK
Wellcome Centre for Global Health, Imperial College, London, London, UK
MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, Imperial College, London, London, UK
Imperial College and Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
Centro Medico Docente La Trinidad, Caracas, Venezuela
Department of Respiratory Diseases, Montpellier University Hospital, Montpellier, France
National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, Royal Brompton Hospital NHS, London, UK
Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool and University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, UK
Department of Pediatrics, Medical School, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Région Languedoc Roussillon, Montpellier, France
Department of Paediatrics, Oslo University Hospital and University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Allergy and Asthma Associates of Southern California, Mission Viejo, CA, USA
Regional Ministry of Equality, Health and Social Policies of Andalusia, Seville, Spain
Division of Allergy/Immunology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
Allergy and Immunology Laboratory, Metropolitan University, Simon Bolivar University, Barranquilla, Colombia
Asma e Immunologia, SLaai, Sociedad Latinoamericana de Allergia, Barranquilla, Colombia
Department of Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, PO Box 2208, Heraklion, 71003, Crete, Greece
National Cooperative Group of Paediatric Research on Asthma, Asthma Clinic and Education Center of the Capital Institute of Pediatrics, Peking and Center for Asthma Research and Education, Beijing, China
Chachava Clinic, David Tvildiani Medical University-AIETI Medical School, Grigol Robakidze University, Tbilisi, Georgia
Pulmonolory Research Institute FMBA, Moscow, Russia
National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, London, UK
Medicine Department, IRCCS-Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino, Genoa, Italy
Latvian Allergy Association, Riga, Latvia
Department of Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL, USA
Department of Paediatrics, Imperial College London, London, UK
The Centre for Allergy Research, The Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Department of Dermatology and Allergy, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany
ZAUM-Center for Allergy and Environment, Helmholtz Center Munich, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany
Allergy Division, Chest Disease Department, University Hospital of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
EUREGHA, European Regional and Local Health Association, Brussels, Belgium
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Allergology and Immunology Discipline, “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Kronikgune, Bilbao, Basque Region, Spain
Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Laboratoire de Pharmacologie Respiratoire UPRES EA220, Hôpital Foch, Suresnes Université Versailles Saint-Quentin, Suresnes, France
Respiratory Diseases Department, Rangueil-Larrey Hospital, Toulouse, France
Service de physiologie respiratoire, Hôpital Cochin, Université Paris-Descartes, Assistance publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Paris, France
NIHR Southampton Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University Southampton, Southampton, UK
Medical Faculty Skopje, University Clinic of Pulmology and Allergy, Skopje, Macedonia
Service de Pneumo-Allergologie, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Béni-Messous, Algers, Algeria
Ecole des Mines, Alès, France
Medical Faculty, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
Allergy and Clinical Immunology Section, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, London, UK
Section of Allergy and Immunology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO, USA
Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Unit, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Clinic of Children’s Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
Modena University, Modena, Italy
Education for Health, Warwick, UK
Division of Allergy, Department of Pediatric Medicine, The Bambino Gesù Children’s Research Hospital Holy See, Rome, Italy
Global Allergy and Asthma Platform (GAAPP), Altgasse 8-10, 1130 Vienna, Austria
Center for Health Technology and Services Research - CINTESIS, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal
Allergy Unit, CUF Porto Instituto & Hospital, Porto, Portugal
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Department of Epidemiology, Regional Health Service Lazio Region, Rome, Italy
Repatriation General Hospital, Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Australia
Athens Chest Hospital, Athens, Greece
National Center for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia
Polibienestar Research Institute, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
Allergy and Immunology Division, Clinica Ricardo Palma, Lima, Peru
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, San Nicolás De La Garza, Mexico
Center of Allergy and Immunology, Georgian Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, Tbilisi, Georgia
Latvian Association of Allergists, Center of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Riga, Latvia
Faculty of the Department of Neurology, University of Washington School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA
University Hospital Olomouc – National eHealth Centre, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Immunology and Allergy Division, Clinical Hospital, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Centre for Infection and Immunity, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK
Department of Respiratory Diseases, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark
NHS Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
Institute of Epidemiology I, German Research Centre for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg, Germany
Agence Régionale de Santé, 34067 Montpellier Cedex 2, France
Vienna Challenge Chamber, Vienna, Austria
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine, University Hospital Southampton, Southampton, UK
Service de Pneumologie, Hôpital Bicêtre, Inserm UMR_S999, Université Paris-Sud, Le Kremlin Bicêtre, France
School of Psychology, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK
Federico II University Hospital/Campania RS, Naples, Italy
Servicio de Alergia e Immunologia, Clinica Santa Isabel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Libra Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The George Institute for Global Health, The University of Sydney, Camperdown, Australia
Airway Disease Infection Section, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, London, UK
MRC and Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, London, UK
Medical Commission, Montpellier University Hospital, Montpellier, France
Children’s Clinic of Tartu University Hospital, Tartu, Estonia
Hallym University College of Medicine, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea
Allergology Department, Centre de l’Asthme et des Allergies, Hôpital d’Enfants Armand-Trousseau (APHP), Paris, France
Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR_S 1136, Institut Pierre Louis d’Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique, Equipe EPAR, 75013 Paris, France
Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy, Poltava, Ukraine
Federal Medicobiological Agency, Laboratory of Molecular Immunology, Institute of Immunology, National Research Center, Moscow, Russia
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Unit, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
Immunology and Allergy Division, Department of Chest Diseases, School of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Institute for Clinical Epidemiology and Biometry, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Health Sciences Centre 3V47, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Canada
Center for Rhinology and Allergology, Wiesbaden, Germany
Société de Pneumologie de Langue Française, Espace francophone de Pneumologie, Paris, France
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University Hospital Olomouc, Olomouc, Czech Republic
GRIACResearch Institute, Department of Pediatric Pulmonology and Pediatric Allergology, Beatrix Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Department of Immunology, Rheumatology and Allergy, Medical University of Lodz, and HARC, Lodz, Poland
Sachs’ Children’s Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Division of Internal Medicine, Asthma and Allergy, Barlicki University Hospital, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
Clinic of Infectious, Chest Diseases, Dermatology and Allergology, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
VIB Inflammation Research Center, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Department for Pediatric Pneumology and Immunology, Charité Medical University, Berlin, Germany
Clínica de Alergia, Asma y Pediatría, Hospital Médica Sur, Ciudad De México, Mexico
University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hochiminh City, Vietnam
Divisions of Allergy and Immunology, Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Germantown, TN, USA
Scottish Centre for Respiratory Research, Cardiovascular and Diabetes Medicine, Medical Research Institute, Ninewells Hospital, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
State Key Laboratory of Respiratory Diseases, Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Disease, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, 510120, China
Department of Paediatrics, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, CHU Sart-Tilman, Liege, Belgium
Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Service de Pneumo-allergologie, Hôpital Saint-Joseph, Paris, France
Service de Pneumologie, UMR INSERM, UMR1087and CNR 6291, l’institut du thorax, University of Nantes, Nantes, France
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Rashid Hospital, Dubai, UAE
Scottish Government Health Department, eHealth and Pharmaceuticals, Edinburgh, UK
Department of Respiratory Medicine, University of Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
Department of Medicine (RCSI), Bon Secours Hospital, Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Department, AOU Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, Turin, Italy
Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Laboratory of Behavioral Immunology Research, The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, USA
Respiratory Medicine Research, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Allergie-Centrum-Charité at the Department of Dermatology and Allergy, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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Department of Immunology, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Department of Otolaryngology, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan
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Respiratory Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, South Korea
Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Department of Pediatrics, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Belfast, UK
Center for Rhinology and Allergology, Wiesbaden, Germany
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Universitätsmedizin Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany
Conseil Général de l’Economie. Ministère de l’Economie, de l’Industrie et du Numérique, Paris, France
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Allergy Diagnostic and Clinical Research Unit, University of Cape Town Lung Institute, Cape Town, South Africa
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Research in Real-Life, Cambridge, UK
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Conseil Départemental de l’Ordre des Pharmaciens, Maison des Professions Libérales, 34000 Montpellier, France
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Allergy Unit, Complesso integrato Columbus, Rome, Italy
Serviço de Imunoalergologia, Hospital da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
Hospital de Clinicas, University of Parana, Curitiba, PR, Brazil
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The Royal National TNE Hospital, University College London, London, UK
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Sociedad Paraguaya de Alergia Asma e Inmunología, Asunción, Paraguay
Julius Center of Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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Pulmonary Division, Heart Institute (InCor), Hospital da Clinicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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Sidkkids hospitala and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Toronto, ON, Canada
Centre of Pneumology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
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Pneumology and Allergy Department, Hospital Clínic, Clinical and Experimental Respiratory Immunoallergy, IDIBAPS, Barcelona, Spain
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Unité de Pharmacoépidémiologie, CHU-Lyon - UR 5558 CNRS, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, Villeurbanne, France
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FILHA, Finnish Lung Association, Helsinki, Finland
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Centre for Respiratory Medicine and Allergy, Institute of Inflammation and Repair, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
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Regional Agency for Health and Social Care, Reggio Emilia, Italy
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Sotiria Hospital, Athens, Greece
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Asthma UK, Mansell Street, London, UK
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Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Bradford, UK
Department of Research, Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester, MN, USA
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Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina
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