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Measuring Outcomes in Pediatric Asthma

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Abstract:

The incidence and severity of pediatric asthma continues to increase in developed countries throughout the world. In determining what works best in the management of the asthmatic child, outcome measurements specific for this population have been developed. There are three major categories of outcomes that should be addressed in pediatric asthma. First are the clinical and physiologic measurements, which include lung functions, clinical symptoms, and number of emergency department and hospital visits. Measurement of both generic and disease-specific health-related quality of life (HQL) is advocated because each provides complementary information about how the condition affects everyday functioning and well-being, and whether treatments have their intended effects. Finally, economic outcomes should be considered, which include direct costs, such as physician and medication costs, and indirect costs, such as missing school or the parents missing work due to their child's asthma.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2500/108854101778250553

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

    Articles marked "F" offer free full text for personal noncommercial use only.

    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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