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Review: controlling house dust mites is ineffective for asthmatic patients who are sensitive to mites

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Question Is a reduction in exposure to dust mite antigen in the home effective for patients with asthma who are sensitive to mites?

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Studies were identified by searching the the Cochrane Airways Group databases, which contain citations from CINAHL, Medline, and Embase/Excerpta Medica. Respiration and Clinical and Experimental Allergy were handsearched (1980–96). Bibliographies of relevant articles were scanned, and primary authors were contacted for additional data.

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Studies in any language were selected if they were randomised controlled trials that compared chemical or physical measures for controlling mites in the home with no treatment in patients with bronchial asthma. A …

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  • Sources of funding: Nordic Council of Ministers; Hovedstadens Sygehusfaellesskab, Rigshospitalet, Denmark; Sygekassernes Helsefond, Denmark; Swedish Heart Lung Foundation.

  • For correspondence: Dr P C Gøtzsche, Nordic Cochrane Centre, Rigshospitalet, Department 7112, DK 2200, Copenhagen N, Denmark. Fax +45 35 457007.

  • A modified version of this abstract appears in Evidence-Based Medicine.