In Australia, over 3.9 million people have been diagnosed with asthma and over 2 million have current symptoms.1 Parent reported asthma prevalence in children ranges from 14–16%.2
To ascertain whether children with
asthma in the Australian Capital Territory
were taking preventer medications
in accordance with National Asthma
Council Australia guidelines.
Questionnaires were distributed to all
parents who indicated in an ACT wide
survey of school entry children in 2005
that their child had asthma (n=435), or
experienced asthma symptoms/took
asthma medication (n=501), exploring
dose, frequency and mode of delivery of
preventer their child was currently taking.
Data were available for 256 children
(response rate 27%). Of the children
with parent reported asthma (n=435)
the response rate was 42%. Eightythree
(32%) children were currently
taking preventers; complete medication
details were provided for 60 children. A
total of 32% of children on preventers
were taking doses of preventers not in
accordance with guidelines, while 80%
of children were taking their medications
at frequencies, or using delivery devices,
not in accordance with guidelines.
This study suggests that home medical
management of asthma with preventers
for children may not be optimal.
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