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New Five-Question Test Helps Assess Asthma Control In Children Under Five Years Of Age
Date:7/17/2009

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The five asthma management questions in the TRACK tool assess the frequency of respiratory symptoms, activity limitation in the past four weeks, nighttime awakenings in the past four weeks, quick-acting medication use in the past three months and oral corticosteriod use in the previous year.

Each of the five TRACK questions is scored by the caregiver using a five-point scale, from zero to twenty, with higher scores indicating better respiratory control. If a child scores 80 or less (out of 100) on TRACK, their breathing problems may not be under control. Parents should make sure they are following the treatment recommendations given to them by their child's health care provider, talk with their health care provider about reasons why their child's breathing problems may not be under control, and ask their health care provider what steps might be taken to improve their child's respiratory and asthma control in order to achieve less daytime and nighttime symptoms and less need to use quick-relief bronchodilator medications.

The validation study is published in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The American Academy of Pediatrics Quality, Improvement and Innovation Network (QuIIN) participated in the validation of TRACK.

It is important for caregivers of children with breathing problems to work with a health care provider to determine the best asthma treatment options. Controlling breathing problems can help a child sleep better, enjoy everyday activities and prevent recurring flare-ups. Visit AsthmaTRACKtest.com to download the new TRACK tool.

About Test for Respiratory and Asthma Control in Kids (TRACK)
The five questions in the TRACK test were identified and validated through a study of 486 caregivers of children younger than five years of age with a history of respiratory or asthma symptoms. During the study's devel
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