BREATHE – The Health Research Hub for Respiratory Health

Submitted by Stephanie_Lee on Thu, 11/11/2021 - 15:24

BREATHE – The Health Research Hub for Respiratory Health will enable high quality research and cutting-edge innovation to improve the lives of people living with respiratory conditions, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Everyone in the UK will have a respiratory illness at some point in their life. We have the best datasets in the world – which should be used to improve respiratory health – but these are currently very difficult to find, access and use.

People in the UK deserve the best respiratory health. We want to make respiratory health better by changing the way the NHS, pharmaceutical companies, charities and researchers use data.

BREATHE is a hub where trained, approved experts can access respiratory data to benefit patients and the public.  The HUB will make it easier for experts to use data in safe and secure ways.

SAIL Databank, a partner in BREATHE, will be utilised to manage BREATHE data and will provide UK’s wider research community remote access to the data it holds safely and securely for respiratory research to help improve the lives of people living with respiratory conditions in the UK.

BREATHE, one of seven new data hubs rolled out across the UK by Health Data Research UK.


Respiratory diseases are important causes of morbidity and mortality in Wales, with nearly 250,000 people currently being treated for asthma, and more than 70,000 for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People living in more deprived areas of Wales are more likely to require treatment for respiratory conditions and have worse outcomes. 

The Respiratory Population Health Research Group’s overarching aim is to harness the potential of routine national datasets to target and evaluate interventions in order to improve respiratory health and reduce inequalities in care. We have created and developed the Wales Asthma Observatory which informs broader work on respiratory informatics within BREATHE. High impact publications relate to the use of electronic health records, the burden and costs of asthma and inequalities in asthma outcomes


Biological Sciences, Health & Food
E-Infrastructure & Data
Public Policy or Delivering Public Services
Respiratory Research
Health Data Research



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