a major issue in the Grand Est – Remiremontallées.co

a major issue in the Grand Est – Remiremontallées.co
a major issue in the Grand Est – Remiremontallées.co

On the occasion of World Asthma Day which takes place on Tuesday May 7, 2024, the Grand Est Regional Health Agency presents the main guidelines for better management of asthma, allergies as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the Grand Est and improve the environment for people with respiratory diseases.

Allergies, asthma, COPD: better detection and management

A priority subject of the national health environment plan 4, integrated into the Grand Est regional health environment plan, respiratory health is a continuation of the 2018-2028 Regional Health Project on the priority life course and care for chronic diseases.

Allergies: In the Grand Est, where the prevalence of allergies is significant, the ARS announces key initiatives:

  • Development of Therapeutic Patient Education (TPE) programs to better
    support people with allergies.
  • Promotion of the Pollin’air program among patients and healthcare professionals to better inform and better manage the risk of seasonal allergy linked to exposure to pollen

In 2022, more than 320,000 patients in the region were treated with antihistamines, highlighting the critical importance of these actions.

Asthma: With more than 400,000 people treated for asthma in the region, the ARS focuses on:

  • Raising awareness among doctors about indoor environment advisors.
  • Implementation of the prevention plan in partnership with Health Insurance.
  • Strengthening Therapeutic Patient Education (TPE) programs.

Tens of thousands of preventable cases of asthma each year in children aged 6 to 11 illustrate the urgent need for concerted action to reduce exposure to allergens such as formaldehyde and mold in schools.


COPD: Improving care pathways for patients with COPD is also a priority, with measures such as:

  • Strengthening Territorial Professional Health Communities (CPTS) for better coordination of care.
  • The inclusion of more patients in Therapeutic Patient Education (TPE) programs.

In 2022, more than 6,662 patients were hospitalized for COPD in the region, highlighting
the importance of proactive management of this disease.


The ARS supports and finances the intervention of indoor environment advisors (CEI) in order to
to improve air quality at home

CEIs are professionals holding a “respiratory health and housing” IUD, who intervene on medical prescription in the homes of patients suffering in particular from chronic respiratory pathologies potentially linked to indoor air quality. They carry out a diagnosis within the home to identify domestic pollutants likely to affect the health or the effectiveness of treatment of patients, and provide advice on prevention and improvement of air quality. To request a visit, the attending physician must send a request to the AP3A association which coordinates the activity of the CEIs du Grand Est. The intervention of a CEI is free for the patient, the system is 100% financed by the Regional Health Agency.

Learn more:

Indoor Environment Advisors (CEI) in Grand Est: working in patients’ homes |
Grand Est regional health agency (sante.fr)
http://www.intairagir.fr; http://www.cmei-france.fr
Find all the information related to respiratory health on the ARS Grand website
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