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Title: An evaluation of asthma morbidity in Singaporean schoolchildren - A teacher's survey
Authors: Lim, D.L.C. 
Tan, T.-N. 
Quek, C.-M.
Wang, X.-S.
Shek, L.P.C. 
Lee, B.-W. 
Goh, D.Y.T. 
Issue Date: Jun-2003
Citation: Lim, D.L.C.,Tan, T.-N.,Quek, C.-M.,Wang, X.-S.,Shek, L.P.C.,Lee, B.-W.,Goh, D.Y.T. (2003-06). An evaluation of asthma morbidity in Singaporean schoolchildren - A teacher's survey. Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology 21 (2) : 71-74. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Asthma is the most common chronic illness in childhood. This study evaluated the asthma morbidity among Singaporean schoolchildren. The survey involved 1,744 schoolteachers using a structured written questionnaire. 73.4% of class teachers reported at least 1 asthmatic student in their class. 37.1% of teachers had students absent from school for up to 3 days per month and 5.1% missed school for 4 to 14 days in a month. 87.4% of the physical education (PE) teachers reported at least 1 asthmatic student in their class. 65.2% reported an average of 1-3 students sitting out at each PE lesson and 15.1% reported students who were exempted from PE for more than 3 months in a year due to asthma. The morbidity of asthma in Singaporean schoolchildren in terms of school absenteeism and exemption from PE classes is substantial. The data supports a need to improve asthma control amongst our schoolchildren.
Source Title: Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/107557
ISSN: 0125877X
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