Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 39, Issue 3, March 2010

Children in the ACT with asthma Are they taking preventer medication according to guidelines?

Maree Brown Debbie Burton Robyn Attewell Tim McDonald Kathryn Dwan Karen Ciszek Christine Phillips
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To ascertain whether children with asthma in the Australian Capital Territory were taking preventer medications in accordance with National Asthma Council Australia guidelines.
This study suggests that home medical management of asthma with preventers for children may not be optimal.
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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