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The role of questionnaires in the assessment of asthma control

Marek Przybyszowski, Grażyna Bochenek
DOI: 10.5603/PiAP.2015.0036
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Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2015;83(3):220-228.

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Vol 83, No 3 (2015)
REVIEWS
Submitted: 2015-04-30

Abstract

The achievement and the maintenance of asthma control is currently considered the main goal of asthma treatment. Recent guidelines recommend regular assessment of asthma control and indicate questionnaires as important tools that can facilitate its evaluation. Questionnaires relate to GINA or NAEPP guidelines. Questionnaires constitute complex numerical or categorical scales and consist of several to over a dozen questions relating to the patient’s symptoms of asthma, limitations in daily activities and usage of rescue medications within a period of time. Each questionnaire is characterized by the features that affect its reliability and usefulness.

In the following paper we discuss most of the questionnaires which assess asthma control. We focus on the items they include and present the results of studies that prove the effectiveness of individual questionnaires in assessment of asthma control. Attention was drawn to the patient groups to which the questionnaires are addressed. We list the features of the questionnaire which should be considered before choosing a test, so that it satisfies both the doctor’s and the patient’s needs. The role of questionnaires as the easy-to-use tools is growing steadily. Unfortunately, not all are available in Polish language. Conducting appropriate validation studies may allow to use many of them in Polish conditions.

Abstract

The achievement and the maintenance of asthma control is currently considered the main goal of asthma treatment. Recent guidelines recommend regular assessment of asthma control and indicate questionnaires as important tools that can facilitate its evaluation. Questionnaires relate to GINA or NAEPP guidelines. Questionnaires constitute complex numerical or categorical scales and consist of several to over a dozen questions relating to the patient’s symptoms of asthma, limitations in daily activities and usage of rescue medications within a period of time. Each questionnaire is characterized by the features that affect its reliability and usefulness.

In the following paper we discuss most of the questionnaires which assess asthma control. We focus on the items they include and present the results of studies that prove the effectiveness of individual questionnaires in assessment of asthma control. Attention was drawn to the patient groups to which the questionnaires are addressed. We list the features of the questionnaire which should be considered before choosing a test, so that it satisfies both the doctor’s and the patient’s needs. The role of questionnaires as the easy-to-use tools is growing steadily. Unfortunately, not all are available in Polish language. Conducting appropriate validation studies may allow to use many of them in Polish conditions.

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Keywords

asthma, asthma control, asthma control test, astma control questionnaire

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Title

The role of questionnaires in the assessment of asthma control

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 83, No 3 (2015)

Pages

220-228

DOI

10.5603/PiAP.2015.0036

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2015;83(3):220-228.

Keywords

asthma
asthma control
asthma control test
astma control questionnaire

Authors

Marek Przybyszowski
Grażyna Bochenek

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