Parent misperception of control in childhood/adolescent asthma: the Room to Breathe survey

W. D. Carroll*, J. Wildhaber, P. L. P. Brand

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Abstract

The aim of our study was to determine how often asthma control is achieved in children and adolescents, and how asthma affects parents' and children's daily lives.

Interviews, including the childhood asthma control test (C-ACT), were conducted with 1,284 parents of asthmatic children (aged 4-15 yrs), as well as with the children themselves (aged 815 yrs; n=943), in Canada, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, South Africa and the UK.

Parents reported mild asthma attacks at least weekly in 11% of children, and serious attacks (requiring oral corticosteroids or hospitalisation) at least annually in 35%. Although 73% of parents described their child's asthma as mild or intermittent, 40% of children/ adolescents had C-ACT scores

Complete asthma control is uncommon in children worldwide. Guideline-defined control measures appear to be more stringent than those defined by C-ACT or families. Overall, parents underestimate their child's asthma severity and overestimate asthma control. This is a major potential barrier to successful asthma treatment in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-96
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2012

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • asthma
  • children
  • control
  • parents
  • survey
  • ILLNESS PERCEPTIONS
  • CLINICAL-PRACTICE
  • CHILDHOOD ASTHMA
  • CHILDREN
  • MANAGEMENT
  • EDUCATION
  • REALITY
  • MEDICATION
  • GUIDELINES
  • CAREGIVER

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