Differences Between Child and Parent Reports of Symptoms Among Latino Children with Asthma

Published in: Pediatrics, v. 102, no. 6, Dec. 1998, p. 1-8

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1998

by Marielena Lara, Naihua Duan, Cathy D. Sherbourne, Mary Ann Lewis, Chris Landon, Neal Halfon, Robert H. Brook

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The objectives of this study were to determine, in a population of predominantly Latino children with asthma 6 to 18 years old, whether parent and child reports of asthma symptoms with exercise differ and to evaluate the validity of child and parent reports of symptoms. Data was obtained from child and parent interviews, pulmonary function tests, and observation of symptoms after exercise at three summer camps for minority children with asthma in Los Angeles County. The report concludes that clinicians and researchers evaluating asthma morbidity in children should elicit child reports of symptoms. More research is necessary to understand discordance between child and parent reports of symptoms and its relationship to asthma morbidity experienced by the child.

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