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Parental knowledge and misconceptions about asthma: A controlled study


  • Spykerboer, J. E.
  • Donnelly, W. J.
  • Thong, Y. H.


We interviewed the parents of 128 asthmatic children about their knowledge and misconceptions of asthma. Two-third or more gave correct responses to questions on aetiology and pathogenesis, pathophysiology, symptomatology, precipitants and outcome of asthma. A control group of parents of 110 children admitted to the hospital with minor surgical complaints performed equally well on the knowledge questions, except for four sub-questions: (1) allergy as an aetiologic factor in asthma (64.5% vs 83.6%, P = 0.002), (2) constriction of airways as a bodily change during an asthmatic attack (75.4% vs 91.3%, P = 0.004), (3) cough as a symptom of asthma (82.7% vs 99.2%, P

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  • Spykerboer, J. E. & Donnelly, W. J. & Thong, Y. H., 1986. "Parental knowledge and misconceptions about asthma: A controlled study," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 22(5), pages 553-558, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:22:y:1986:i:5:p:553-558

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