Patient Evidence

The Charter for Digital Asthma and COPD Care is a seal to recognise the patient’s participation, usability and centricity of the digital solution. EFA will lead a prize to acknowledge researchers and developers who work with patients and build confidence of patients in digital health and increase their awareness of their rights and possibilities.

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The Charter for Digital Asthma and COPD Care is a call to action from patients to healthcare providers and the technology sector. Based off the findings from the EFA DIG_IT report, the charter strengthens the relationship between patients and care providers.

Coming soon!

The DIG_IT factsheets offer the key highlights from the survey from each country. Currently in English, you will soon be able to access them in the countries' official languages too!


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 Download the Belgium factsheet

In French

In Dutch

  Download the Czech Republic factsheet

In Czech

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 Download the Ireland factsheet

 Download the Norway factsheet

In Norwegian

 factsheet es  

 Download the Spain factsheet

In Spanish


Digital technologies are aimed at making healthcare more efficient, data-driven and patient-centred. Patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have indicated in EFA’s a willingness to embrace tools that empower them and improve outcomes DIG_IT survey. However uptake of innovative devices and services has been slower in healthcare than in other sectors.


The DIG_IT report: Asthma and COPD Patients’ Digital Journey in Europe

In addition to providing a deeper understanding of the benefits, barriers, and concerns around digital health, the project aims to develop insights into the patient digital journey in respiratory health.

By building on insights from the patient community, EFA will ensure that its positions reflect the current perspectives of the association’s members and patients it represents.

The DIG_IT survey findings have been translated into patient recommendations for policymakers, academia, and the technology sector.

the DIG_IT report

The DIG_IT patient survey

The DIG_IT survey was conducted by the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) in the summer of 2021. It set out to capture the views of asthma and COPD patients on Europe’s digital future. The initiative surveyed close to thousand patients in five countries to understand their needs, perceptions, and use of digital technologies throughout their patient journey.

The DIG_IT survey covered:

  • 970 asthma and COPD patients surveyed
  • 5 European countries (Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Norway, and Spain)
  • 50 questions on access, diagnosis, treatment, care as well as their views on health data and digital empowerment

The participating countries were selected according to several criteria such as access to digital solutions, impact of COVID 19 on national healthcare systems, and with regards to a geographical representation of EFA’s European membership. In addition, EFA preferred to conduct the survey in countries where no much data on digitalisation in the respiratory area were available. 

the DIG_IT questionnaire


The EFA’s DIG_IT Project, survey and survey report have been funded with unrestricted grants from EFA’s Sustainable Corporate Partners Astra Zeneca, Chiesi, MSD, OM Pharma and Roche.

EFA thanks our Asthma and COPD Working Group of Members for their insights and vision throughout this project from their national perspectives.

EFA deeply thanks the 970 asthma and COPD patients who participated in the survey and the EFA Members for their advice and sustained support in this project.