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Respiratory diseases burden in the United Arab Emirates

Bassam H Mahboub, Seemin Afshan Shiraz, Amna Hassan, Arif Noor Mohammad, Muzaffar Iqbal, Mayank Vats, Jamal Abdul Razak, Bassel Safareni, Ashraf al Zaabi, Mohamad Al Sairi
Published in : HAMDAN MEDICAL JOURNAL ; Vol 6, No 2 (2013)
DOI : 10.7707/hmj.v6i2.251


Respiratory diseases affect individuals worldwide and United Arab Emirates (UAE) is no exception. The burden of respiratory diseases is varied and over the past two decades, several studies have been carried out across UAE to estimate the load of respiratory diseases in the area and compare this with the international respiratory disease burden. The purpose of the present study was to compile most of the studies conducted in UAE in order to have a panoramic view of the situation in this area. Comparison of the respiratory disease status in UAE and internationally will improve our knowledge about the situation, which will help us to implement strategies for improved respiratory care and respiratory disease outcome at a reasonable cost.


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