Children in the ACT with asthma--are they taking preventer medication according to guidelines?

Aust Fam Physician. 2010 Mar;39(3):146-9.


Aim: To ascertain whether children with asthma in the Australian Capital Territory were taking preventer medications in accordance with National Asthma Council Australia guidelines.

Methods: Questionnaires were distributed to all parents who indicated in an ACT wide survey of school entry children in 2005 that their child had asthma (n=435), or experienced asthma symptoms/took asthma medication (n=501), exploring dose, frequency and mode of delivery of preventer their child was currently taking.

Results: Data were available for 256 children (response rate 27%). Of the children with parent reported asthma (n=435) the response rate was 42%. Eighty-three (32%) children were currently taking preventers; complete medication details were provided for 60 children. A total of 32% of children on preventers were taking doses of preventers not in accordance with guidelines, while 80% of children were taking their medications at frequencies, or using delivery devices, not in accordance with guidelines.

Discussion: This study suggests that home medical management of asthma with preventers for children may not be optimal.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Androstadienes / therapeutic use
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Asthma / prevention & control*
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Beclomethasone / therapeutic use
  • Bronchodilator Agents / therapeutic use
  • Budesonide / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Child Welfare
  • Female
  • Fluticasone
  • Glucocorticoids / therapeutic use
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medication Adherence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pediatrics / statistics & numerical data
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Androstadienes
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Bronchodilator Agents
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Budesonide
  • Fluticasone
  • Beclomethasone