Improved health outcomes with peak flow monitoring for children with asthma

J Asthma. 2007 Mar;44(2):137-42. doi: 10.1080/02770900601182517.


Purpose: Evaluate the effects of peak flow monitoring (PFM) on health outcomes of school-age children with asthma.

Method and sample: Seventy-seven children who previously relied on symptom monitoring were taught PFM. Adherence to PFM during the 16-week study was assessed by a computerized monitor. Health outcomes over time were based on parent report.

Results: Decreases occurred from baseline to week 16 in the incidence of one or more asthma episodes (p = 0.0002), physician/clinic visits (p = 0.0002), emergency department visits (p = 0.03), and missed school days (p = 0.002).

Conclusions: PFM significantly reduced pediatric asthma morbidity in this sample.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / diagnosis
  • Asthma / physiopathology*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kentucky
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Patient Compliance
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Peak Expiratory Flow Rate / physiology*
  • Spirometry / methods*