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Indian Pediatr. 2003 Sep;40(9):874-9.

Social and economic impact of childhood asthma.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110 029, India.

Abstract

In order to assess the social, educational and economic impact in children with asthma and their families, we studied 162 children with bronchial asthma. The patients and their parents were interviewed to assess the restriction on various activities of the child and family, the impact on schooling and expenditure on therapy. One hundred and forty one (87%) children had either mild or moderate persistent asthma. Nearly two thirds of children had some restriction placed on their play activities because of asthma. Restrictions on other physical activities and social activities were reported in half the children. Children had absented from school for a median of 4 days in preceding 6 months. All these restrictions were more common in children with more severe disease and/or poor control of symptoms. The median monthly expenditure on child's medication was Rs. 333, i.e., about one third of monthly per capita income. Childhood asthma has significant adverse impact on child's daily activities, schooling, and family life and finances.

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