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Asthma symptoms in school children from the North East of England
Published in
1996
Volume: 110
   
Issue: 4 SUPPL.
Abstract
Purpose: To investigate asthma symptoms in a group of schoolchildren from the North East of England. Methods: We studied asthma symptoms in 1657 schoolchildren (908 boys and 749 girls) from 27 schools from the North East of England. We used the questionnaire developed by the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood. (ISAAC). Results: The prevalence of boys and girls who have suffered asthma at some time was 24% and 20%. The prevalence of boys and girls who had wheezing at some time was 21% and 19%. The prevalence of boys who had 1-3, 4-12, and more than 12 attacks of wheezing in the last 12 months in were 62%, 18% and 7%, respectively. In girls the prevalences were 58%, 18% and 9%, respectively. The prevalence of boys who had disturbed sleep with wheezing less than one night per week and one or more nights per week were 35% and 30%. In girls the prevalence was and 14% and 18%. The prevalence of boys and girls who had dry cough at night within the last year 12 was 26% and 24%. Conclusions: The present study shows that this group of children have high prevalence of asthma symptoms. Clinical Implications: The present study will help to implement intervention programmes to reduce the prevalence.
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