Kable, S and Henry, R and Sanson-Fisher, R and Ireland, M and Corkrey, R and Cockburn, J, Childhood asthma: Can computers aid detection in general practice? , British Journal of General Practice, 51 pp. 112-116. ISSN 0960-1643 (2001) [Refereed Article]
Copyright 2001 British Journal of General Practice
Official URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC131392...
Background: Childhood asthma remains underdiagnosed in general practice. Computers with a patient interface have the potential to screen children for asthma in a time-efficient manner.
Aim: To develop a concise, validated self-report measure that calculates an ‘asthma score’ that predicts likelihood of asthma and its severity in childhood.
Design of study: Computerised questionnaire survey in general practitioners’(GPs’) waiting rooms, followed by a written questionnaire and either bronchial challenge or skin allergy testing at the regional teaching hospital.
Setting: Children between 18 months and 18 years old accompanied by a parent or guardian in five group practices in Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia.
Method: The responses from both the computerised questionnaire and the written questionnaire were compared with physician assessment of asthma, based on an existing validated questionnaire and clinical tests.
Results: Six items were identified to be independently and significantly associated (at P<0.05) with the presence of asthma and its severity: parent or self-reported asthma, previous diagnosis, wheeze in the past year, physical activity affected by symptoms, night cough in the past year, and visits to a GP in the past year. From the regression model a linear score was derived that indicates whether a child is likely to have asthma and its likely severity.
Conclusions: The asthma score is a valid indicator of asthma and its severity in children in general practice.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||asthma, children, computers, screening|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public health|
|Research Field:||Health promotion|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|Objective Field:||Behaviour and health|
|UTAS Author:||Corkrey, R (Dr Ross Corkrey)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||15|
|Deposited By:||Agricultural Science|
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