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J Asthma. 2006 Jun-Jul;43(5):385-91.

Treatment regimens and health care utilization in children with persistent asthma symptoms.

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Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester, New York, Rochester, USA.


This study evaluated the anti-inflammatory medication regimens in children with persistent asthma, determined their health care utilization patterns, and evaluated factors associated with failure to seek and/or receive appropriate treatment. Parents of 68% of children who qualified for anti-inflammatory medications by National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidelines reported their use. However, only 14% received an optimal regimen (mild intermittent symptoms), while 55% were still symptomatic despite reported medications (suboptimal regimen). Nearly half of symptomatic children did not have a health care visit; of those who did, 61% had no corrective action documented. Factors contributing to variations in regimen and utilization are discussed.

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