Asthma screening as part of a routine school health assessment in the Australian Capital Territory.
NJ Glasgow, AL Ponsonby, RE Yates, T McDonald, R Attewell
Med J Aust | Published : 2001
OBJECTIVE: To determine the feasibility and performance of a routine screen for childhood asthma in new entrants to primary school relative to diagnosis by a paediatrician. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study with a validation substudy. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: All 4539 new primary school entrants (mean age, 5.72 years; 95% CI, 5.71-5.74) in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in 1999; 180 of these children (73% of the 248 contacted) participated in the validation substudy. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Performance of the screening test relative to a paediatrician's diagnosis of current asthma (defined as a history of wheeze suggestive of a clinical diagnosis of asthma within the past 12 months) based..View full abstract