Preschool children with asthma: Do their GPs know?

M. J.A. Tasche, J. H.J.M. Uijen, B. P. Ponsioen, L. W.A. Van Suijlekom-Smit, J. C. De Jongste, J. C. Van Der Wouden

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Objective: To answer the following question: Are children with asthma known to their GP? Methods: Parents of all 464 children, 1-3 years of age and registered with five general practices, received a postal questionnaire asking about asthma symptoms of the child, and past and present asthma medication. Thus, children were classified as having no, mild, moderate or severe asthma. The GPs' records were checked for recorded asthma symptoms, medication and asthma-related diagnoses. The presence of these items was compared with asthma severity. Results: Eighty-seven percent of parents responded to the questionnaire (mean age of children 30.1 months). For all classes of severity, 75% of children with asthma were known to their GP. Although all children with severe asthma were known to their GP, the proportion of asthmatic children known to their GP fell with decreasing severity. Symptoms and medication were recorded more often than asthma-related diagnoses. Conclusions: Most preschool children with asthma are known to their GP. The diagnosis is recorded less often than asthma symptoms and medication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-12
Number of pages4
JournalAsthma in General Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 1999
Externally publishedYes

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