Aim To ascertain whether children with
asthma in the Australian Capital Territory
were taking preventer medications
in accordance with National Asthma
Council Australia guidelines.
Discussion This study suggests that home medical
management of asthma with preventers
for children may not be optimal.
Results 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.
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