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Title: Symptoms of asthma: comparison of a parent completed retrospective with a prospective daily symptom diary
Authors: Lewis, Peter R ;Hensley, M.J.;Chalmers, A.;Clover, K.;Gibson, P.G.;Toneguzzi, R.C.
Affliation: University of Newcastle, Ourimbah Campus
Issue Date: 21-Apr-2003
Source: Volume 36, Issue 6, pp. 509-513
Journal title: Pediatric pulmonology
Abstract: In a study of the effects of indoor air pollution on the respiratory health of children in Newcastle, Australia, parental reports of symptoms experienced by children over the previous 12 months were compared with a prospective record of symptoms of cough and wheeze. Parents of 390 children aged 8-11 years completed a questionnaire about child and family respiratory health, which was used to assign children to one of four symptom groups: Wheeze (two or more attacks of wheezing in the last 12 months), Chest-Colds (two or more chest-colds in the last 12 months without wheezing), Cough Alone (a dry cough at night, without a cold or chest infection, that lasted for more than 2 weeks), or Control (none). A balanced sample of children (n=139) was invited to participate further by completing lung function tests, atopy testing, and keeping a daily diary of peak expiratory flow (PEF) and symptoms of cough and wheeze over a 7-week period. Valid data for the daily diary were provided by 66/85 (77.6%) of participants who commenced this stage (47.5% of the 139 invited to participate). The Wheeze group reported significantly more subsequent wheeze (median 16.8% of days) than the other three groups (median 0% of days). Parent reports of asthma-like symptoms over the previous 12 months were consistent with the subsequent experience of symptoms recorded in a daily diary.
DOI: DOI 10.1002/ppul.10360
ISSN: 8755-6863
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Respiratory
Study or Trial: Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial/Controlled Clinical Trial
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