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Title: Parents' perceptions towards their child's use of inhaled medications for asthma therapy
Authors: Lim, S.H. 
Goh, D.Y.T.
Tan, A.Y.S.
Lee, B.W.
Keywords: Asthma
Issue Date: 1996
Citation: Lim, S.H.,Goh, D.Y.T.,Tan, A.Y.S.,Lee, B.W. (1996). Parents' perceptions towards their child's use of inhaled medications for asthma therapy. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 32 (4) : 306-309. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Objective: Understanding patients' and their parents' perceptions towards asthma medication is important in developing strategies to ensure patient compliance. In this study, parents' perceptions towards their children's use of inhaled medication for asthma treatment were evaluated. Methodology: A questionnaire was administered by interviewing parents of 210 asthmatic children attending the Department of Paediatrics, National University Hospital. Results: Our results showed that 76/210 (36%) of parents either felt opposed to inhaler therapy and/or preferred oral medications. The main reasons for their reluctance to use inhalers were related to fear of dependence, side effects and overdosage, and the child's dislike for inhalers. A third of these parents felt that inhalers were only indicated for very severe asthma. Conclusions: We conclude that a significant proportion of parents have reservations regarding the use of inhalers for the treatment of asthma. These factors should be taken into consideration when planning an effective asthma education programme.
Source Title: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
ISSN: 10344810
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