Children with asthma and nebulizer use: Parental asthma self-care practices and beliefs

Arlene M. Butz, Peyton Eggleston, Karen Huss, Ken Kolodner, Perla Vargas, Cynthia Rand

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Abstract

We examined demographic characteristics, patterns of medication use, asthma morbidity, and asthma self-management practices and beliefs among inner-city children currently using a nebulizer. We also describe the relationship between asthma self-management practices and beliefs and anti-inflammatory (AI) therapy. We observed a high rate of morbidity, including frequent emergency room visits, hospitalizations, symptom days and nights, and school absences in this group of school-aged children with asthma. More than three-quarters (81%) reported asthma symptoms consistent with mild persistent or greater severity of asthma, and therefore these subjects should be taking AI medications. Another 16% (36 of 231) of these children reported symptoms consistent with mild intermittent asthma. Only 1 out of 7 children in this study reported taking AI medications. We found that parents of children taking daily AI medications were more likely to agree with the belief that children should use asthma medications daily even when the child is not reporting any symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)565-573
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Asthma
Volume38
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Asthma
  • Asthma self-management
  • Nebulizer use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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