Report

Management of childhood 
asthma in general practice

3 Jun 2015
Description

This report determines changes in childhood asthma management rates between 2004–14, and examines current medication use and level of control in children attending general practice.

Background

Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are recommended for children with moderate or severe persistent asthma. The aims of this paper were to determine changes in childhood asthma management rates between 2004–14, and to examine current medication use and level of control in children attending general practice.

 

Method

National BEACH data were used to investigate childhood (<15 years) asthma management rate. Prevalence, medication use and asthma control (Global Initiative for Asthma guidelines) were recorded for a subset of children.

 

Results

The management rate did not change over time. Prevalence was 13.7%. ICS were taken by 42.8% of children. Asthma was well controlled for 51.8%, partly controlled for 30.4% and uncontrolled for 17.9% of children. This study highlights the need to monitor appropriate medication use, particularly ICS/ long-acting β- agonist use, for asthma control in children.

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2015
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