Stable prevalence of asthma symptoms in school-aged children in the Torres Strait region

Valery, Patricia C., Chang, Anne B., Masters, Ian B., Stirling, Janelle, Laifoo, Yancy and Twist, Aletia (2008) Stable prevalence of asthma symptoms in school-aged children in the Torres Strait region. Respirology, 13 3: 447-451. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1843.2008.01239.x


Author Valery, Patricia C.
Chang, Anne B.
Masters, Ian B.
Stirling, Janelle
Laifoo, Yancy
Twist, Aletia
Title Stable prevalence of asthma symptoms in school-aged children in the Torres Strait region
Journal name Respirology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1323-7799
1440-1843
Publication date 2008-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2008.01239.x
Volume 13
Issue 3
Start page 447
End page 451
Total pages 5
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background and objective: To (i) determine if the prevalence of asthma has altered in two previously studied communities and (ii) obtain baseline measures in two further communities in the Torres Strait region, Australia.
Methods: A population-based cross-sectional study of school-aged children was conducted. Five schools in four communities were selected: 361 children aged 5–17 years participated. The study used the same epidemiological tool that had been utilized to measure asthma prevalence (locally adapted International Study of Asthma and Allergy in Childhood questionnaire).
Results: The overall response rate was 30%; response rates in individual communities ranged from 23% to 100%. The prevalence of self-reported wheezing in the last 12 months decreased from 10.7% to 6.6% (P = 0.109) on Thursday Island and from 3.1% to zero (P = 0.358) on Warraber Island. The percentage of children with asthma symptoms was lower in this current study but changes were not statistically significant. Overall self-reported prevalence of ever wheezing was 12.5%; 5.4% reported wheezing in the previous 12 months, 5.9% reported wheezing after exercise and 12.2% reported ever having asthma. There was considerable inter-community variation in the prevalence of symptoms.
Conclusions: Asthma prevalence in school-aged children living in the Torres Strait region remains high but, as in mainstream Australian children, the prevalence is stable.
Keyword Asthma
Childhood
Indigenous
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Australian Centre for International & Tropical Health
 
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