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Author Bisgaard, H.; Szefler, S. url  doi
  Title Prevalence of asthma-like symptoms in young children Type Journal Article
  Year (down) 2007 Publication Pediatric Pulmonology Abbreviated Journal Pediatr Pulmonol  
  Volume 42 Issue 8 Pages 723-728  
  Keywords Asthma/drug therapy/*epidemiology; Child, Preschool; Cough/epidemiology; Europe/epidemiology; Female; Health Services/utilization; Humans; Infant; Interviews as Topic; Life Style; Male; Prevalence; Respiratory Sounds; United States/epidemiology  
  Abstract OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence, impact, and treatment of asthma-like symptoms in preschool children in USA and Europe. STUDY DESIGN: 7251 households in USA and Europe with at least one child aged 1-5 years were interviewed by telephone for recurrent days troubled by cough, wheeze or breathlessness during the recent 6 winter months. RESULTS: 9490 young children were identified, 32% of whom were reported to suffer from recurrent days with troublesome cough, wheeze or breathlessness. Detailed interview with the 2700 mothers of the symptomatic children showed that 24% of this interview population suffered weekly symptoms despite current treatment with considerable impact on lifestyle and healthcare resource use. Antibiotics, cough- and herbal-medications were the most commonly used treatments. Anti-asthmatic and anti-allergy agents were prescribed in the order: inhaled beta2-agonists > inhaled corticosteroid > oral anti-histamines > oral corticosteroids. The reported symptom burden was higher in Southern Europe and there were pronounced regional differences in treatment and diagnostic terms. CONCLUSIONS: Recurrent days with cough, wheeze or breathlessness in preschool children represents a major cause of morbidity in preschool children despite current treatment. There is a striking lack of international consensus on diagnosis and treatment. This uncontrolled morbidity highlights a significant unmet clinical need in preschool children.  
  Address Danish Pediatric Asthma Center, Copenhagen University Hospital, Gentofte, Copenhagen, Denmark.  
  Corporate Author Thesis  
  Impact Factor 02,704 First Author Bisgaard, H. Editor  
  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
  Series Editor Series Title Abbreviated Series Title  
  Series Volume Series Issue Senior Author Szefler, S.  
  ISSN 1099-0496 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes PMID:17598172 Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 113  
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