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Landmark survey reveals asthma in children remains significantly out of control in the United States

three times a week to daily; nearly one in four (26%) used them daily

NHLBI Goals of Therapy

  • Having a written Asthma Action Plan

Children and Asthma in America Survey Findings

  • 54% of children with asthma said they did not have a written Asthma Action Plan

NHLBI Goals of Therapy

  • Visit your healthcare professional to monitor your asthma at least two times per year

Children and Asthma in America Survey Findings

  • 25% of children with asthma had not seen their healthcare professional about their condition in the past year
  • 54% have not had a lung function test in the past 12 months

Survey Shows Communication Gap Between Children and Parents

The Children and Asthma in America survey shows a concerning difference between how parents perceive their child's asthma and how children themselves perceive their disease. In fact, when comparing responses of parents and their children with asthma who were 10 to 15 years of age, the survey showed that the majority (71%) of parents and their children disagreed about the child's overall health status. Additionally, 32% of parents and their children disagreed that restrictions on activities was the worse thing about having asthma, 45% disagreed that the child experienced any daytime asthma symptoms in the past four weeks, and 38% disagreed that the child had no asthma symptoms in the same time period. Specifically, over the past four weeks, parents and their children disagreed that the child experienced coughing (46%), shortness of breath (44%), wheezing (40%) and breathing problems (37%).

"It is concerning to see so many parents thinking their child's asthma is under control when many children are experiencing symptoms on a daily basis," said Dr. Sears. "The lack of effective dialogue between parent and child about their asthma coul
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Contact: Kathryn Ritzinger
kathryn_ritzinger@nyc.cohnwolfe.com
212-798-9829
Cohn & Wolfe
8-Dec-2004


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