Is home monitoring of lung function worthwhile for children with asthma?

Sly, Peter D.; Flack, Felicity
March 2001
Thorax;Mar2001, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p164
Academic Journal
In the March 2001 issue of the journal "Thorax" researchers point out that current guidelines for the management of asthma in children frequently advocate the use of home monitoring of lung function. This is supposed to provide an objective measurement of the status of the child's asthma that can be used to guide therapy. This situation has come about partly as a trickle down from guidelines for managing asthma in adults and partly through a recognition that many children have a poor ability to perceive and accurately report airway obstruction. An objective measure of asthma severity should therefore allow for more effective asthma management with a reduction in mortality and morbidity. Home monitoring with a portable peak expiratory flow meter has been advocated as such a measure and included in many asthma management plans.


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