Researchers Investigate Preferences for Asthma Control amongst Parents and Adolescents

A study published in November, 2015, in BMC Pulmonary Medicine looking at the preferences of parents and children with asthma found “parents and adolescents placed different weights on the importance of asthma control parameters and each group displayed unique preferences.” Researchers used Best Worst Scaling (BWS) to “quantify preferences regarding night-time symptoms, wheezing/chest tightening, changes in asthma medications, emergency visits and physical activity limitations.”

Researchers found “parents displayed the strongest positive preference for the absence of night-time symptoms” and “the strongest negative preference for 10 emergency room visits per year,” while children “displayed the strongest positive preference for the absence of physical activity limitations” and “the strongest negative preference for ten physical activity limitations per month.” In addition, “both groups were least concerned with changes to medications.”

To view the abstract and additional information about the study, click here.

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