Journal article

Parent-initiated oral corticosteroid therapy for acute asthma: A survey of current practice

Peter J Vuillermin, Mike South, John B Carlin, Maree I Biscan, Sharon L Brennan, Colin F Robertson

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

AIM: To determine (i) the proportion of doctors who recommend parent-initiated oral corticosteroids (PIOCS) for acute asthma; and (ii) the proportion of parents who have received this advice. METHODS: (i) An internet-based survey of doctors involved in the care of children with asthma; and (ii) a questionnaire-based survey of parents of children aged 4-13 years who were identified from a random sample of primary schools within the Barwon region of Victoria. RESULTS: Eight-five per cent (95% confidence interval 80.0-89.1%) of responding doctors reported recommending PIOCS to parents of children with asthma. However, only 16.5% (95% confidence interval 14.2-18.7%) of parents of children with r..

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