Quality of life in young urban children: Does asthma make a difference?

Daniela Montalto, Jean Marie Bruzzese, Galina Moskaleva, Ann Higgins-D'Alessandro, Mayris P. Webber

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether asthma status and severity have an impact on the quality of life of urban elementary school children. Participants were 1292 caregiver-child dyads from six schools serving low-income, ethnic minority, urban families; 53% of the children were female. Caregivers provided data on the children's asthma diagnosis and frequency in the last 12 months of asthma symptoms, use of medication for asthma, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations. Using the KINDL, a generic quality of life instrument, children reported on their health-related quality of life (HRQL). Results revealed a high prevalence of current asthma (18%). No differences were found in HRQL based on having current asthma or the severity of asthma as assessed by proxy measures of health care utilization and limited functioning. These findings are consistent with previous research indicating that HRQL is influenced by several factors other than asthma status and severity. The implications of these results for intervention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-505
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Asthma
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2004


  • Asthma
  • Children
  • Ethnic minority
  • Gender
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Inner city
  • Psychosocial outcomes
  • School

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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