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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 227-232

Respiratory diseases burden in the United Arab Emirates

1 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Sharjah; Department of Respiratory, Sleep and Allergy, Rashid Hospital, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
3 Medicine, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
4 Lahore, Pakistan
5 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Rashid Hospital, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
6 Respiratory Division, Zayed Military Hospital, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Correspondence Address:
Seemin Afshan Shiraz
Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.7707/hmj.v6i2.251

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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 the results of studies conducted in UAE in order to obtain an overview 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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